COM DEV Com­pletes Suc­cess­ful De­sign Re­view of MEOSAR Search and Res­cue Re­peater

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In­ter­na­tional Ltd., a leading man­u­fac­turer of space hard­ware sub­sys­tems, has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the Pre­lim­i­nary De­sign Re­view mile­stone of the Medium Earth Or­bit Search and Res­cue (MEOSAR) Project. In March of 2013, COM DEV an­nounced that it had been awarded a $4.7 mil­lion con­tract by the Cana­dian Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence (DND) to de­sign and de­velop a MEOSAR re­peater. Canada plans to pro­vide MEOSAR re­peaters to the United States, which will in­te­grate the equip­ment as hosted pay­loads on the next gen­er­a­tion of the Global Po­si­tion­ing Satel­lite con­stel­la­tion.

It was demon­strated that the re­peater de­sign is pro­gress­ing well to­ward com­pli­ance with the re­quire­ments of DND and other mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional MEOSAR stake­holder com­mu­nity. The MEOSAR re­peater pro­vides an es­sen­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tions link be­tween people in dis­tress or life and death sit­u­a­tions and res­cue au­thor­i­ties around the world. Work on the MEOSAR Project is be­ing car­ried out at the Com­pany's fa­cil­i­ties in Cam­bridge and Ot­tawa.

COM DEV be­gan the de­vel­op­ment of MEOSAR pay­load tech­nol­ogy in 2008 un­der a cost-shared R&D project with the Cana­dian Space Agency. Canada's Na­tional Search and Res­cue Sec­re­tariat also pro­vided im­por­tant R&D sup­port through its Search and Res­cue New Ini­tia­tives Fund pro­gram. The cur­rent con­tract with DND in­cludes an op­tion to ex­tend the de­vel­op­ment work to pro­duce a fully-in­te­grated pro­to­type

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