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