McMurdo, Inc., the most trusted name in emergency readiness and response and part of Orolia Group, announced today that it was awarded a $6.67 million USD contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. McMurdo will provide NOAA fourth generation search and rescue (SAR) ground stations, or Local User Terminals (LUT).
The new Low Earth Orbit (LEO)/Medium Earth Orbit LUTs (MEOLUTs) will provide search and rescue organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force, the ability to find individuals by their activated distress beacons in expanded geographic regions. The increased coverage area includes the continental United States, Alaska, and parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The NOAA Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) program is part of the international Cospas-Sarsat system. Currently, NOAA has two MEOLUTs in Florida and Hawaii, supplied and supported by McMurdo.
“This is a new and advanced capability for the search and rescue community, combining the legacy LEOSAR and next generation MEOSAR systems to improve NOAA’s SARSAT systems,” said Mark Cianciolo, general manager of McMurdo’s aerospace, defense and government programs. “Our nearly 40 years of innovation will enhance NOAA’s capability to process current SAR satellite signals, as well as conduct second generation beacon signal processing.”
“Search and rescue operations are critical for both civilian and military applications worldwide,” said Mickey Fitzmaurice, SARSAT systems engineer at NOAA. “NOAA is committed to supporting these programs with the latest industry technology to help improve response times and provide more accurate, actionable data. McMurdo is a key partner in providing cutting-edge technology solutions that support this important mission.”
With one base year and four option years, the contract includes installation, training, manuals, associated operations and maintenance, engineering support, program management, human engineering and logistic support planning requirements