Orolia‘s McMurdo subsidiary has receivedÂ a four-year contract from the U.K.’s maritime and coastguard agency to support upgrade work on aÂ satellite technology designedÂ for search-and-rescue missions.
McMurdo said Thursday it will install local user terminals for MCA’s Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and RescueÂ satellites and update ground stations that operate on geostationary and low-Earth orbiting SARÂ satellites.
The company will also deliverÂ a new mission control center thatÂ will serve as the agency’s central control system for routingÂ collected distress signals to appropriate rescue coordination centers.
Chris Loizou, chief business development officer at Orolia, said the nationwide satellite system modernization mission will look to offer unparalleled precision, timing and decision support data for U.K.’s search and rescue teams.
The contract includes a one-year installation and training period followed by an additional three-year service and support period.
McMurdo will conductÂ system design and development effortsÂ at Orolia’s MEOSAR engineering center in Washington and provide local deployment and support work through the unit’s facility in Portsmouth, England