TSi (Formerly Known as McMurdo) Delivers World’s First Operational Second Generation Beacon Capable MEOSAR Ground Stations

Lanham, MD, April 4, 2019 – TSi, the world leader in Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) solutions, announced that it has successfully installed the world’s first operational Cospas-Sarsat second-generation technology on search and rescue ground stations for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Florida and Hawaii. These ground stations have been upgraded with Second Generation Beacon (SGB) signal processing capabilities to more accurately and quickly locate the source of distress signals.

The Cospas-Sarsat global search and rescue system has developed specifications for a Second Generation 406 MHz search and rescue beacon that uses a modern, spread spectrum signal to achieve far more accurate and robust performance. TSi is at the forefront of these technology developments, with the NOAA Florida and Hawaii ground stations as the only operationally ready Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) ground stations in the world to receive the SGB signal specification capability.

“The work performed by TSi was exceptional, as the process of upgrading an operational system to a higher set of requirements, years after its initial design, involves minimizing downtime while validating the new requirements and re-validating the previous requirements,” said Mickey Fitzmaurice, NOAA SARSAT Systems Engineer. “The successful result makes it obvious that the engineering and operations team at TSi put a great deal of time and effort into planning the upgrade, as the execution was seamless.”

TSi has also recently announced the commissioning of the world’s first two, commercially available nodal LEOSAR-GEOSAR-MEOSAR (LGM) Mission Control Centers; one located in Spain and one located in Australia.

“This series of world firsts demonstrates TSi’s broad technical leadership in the global search and rescue ecosystem,” said TSi Director of SARSAT Operations, Steve Ludwig. “We continually innovate to enhance the usefulness of these technologies, from generating SGB capable processing LUTs to including software development that processes alert authentication through the use of Galileo Return Link Service.”

Through its TSi brand, the world leader in the design, development and installation of search and rescue ground-based infrastructure, Techno-Sciences equips global systems with the very latest search and rescue technology to improve response times and save more lives worldwide.