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New Systems

Objective

The Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) project will deliver a space segment, comprising up to 24 Search and Rescue (SAR) repeaters that will piggy-back on the satellites of the United States Air Force's (USAF) next-generation GPS III constellation. The project will also deliver a ground segment comprising satellite ground stations in Canada with specialised satellite tracking software and information processing systems.

Requirements

The MEOSAR repeaters, operating in Medium Earth Orbit, will deliver more precise coordinates during the coordination, execution and dispatch of Search And Rescue (SAR) resources; thus ensuring a more timely response to distress victims anywhere within Canadian Federal Area Of Responsibility. The project will also deliver a ground segment comprising satellite ground stations in Canada with specialised satellite tracking software and information processing systems. The two segments combined represent a significant improvement over the existing LEOSAR and GEOSAR systems. MEOSAR will contribute to the CFDS and the International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme Agreement (ICSPA) by significantly decreasing response times for SAR activities in Canada’s three ocean approaches and the entire land mass. Every year, hundreds of lives are saved worldwide because of the international COSPAS-SARSAT space-based Search and Rescue (SAR) system.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $100 million to $249 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2015
    • Definition Approval

Point of Contact

Director General Space
Phone: 613-945-5566

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