Saving Lives.

It’s what we do.

McMurdo provides the world’s first end-to-end search and rescue ecosystem – from distress beacons to satellite connectivity to mission control and rescue coordination center systems. Our solutions have been at the core of the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite-based search and rescue system since its inception in 1982, and we have been instrumental in helping to save over 37,000 lives since that time.

McMurdo Search and Rescue Ecosystem

McMurdo Search and Rescue Ecosystem Infographic

McMurdo is also driving the definition, development and deployment efforts of MEOSAR – the next-generation version of COSPAS-SARSAT which will include key enhancements such as instantaneous beacon detection for even faster rescue response.

McMurdo Next-Gen MEOSAR Search and Rescue Ecosystem

McMurdo Next-Gen MEOSAR Search and Rescue Ecosystem Infographic

In a typical COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue scenario, the following steps take place:

STEP 1: DISTRESS SIGNAL ACTIVATION
A beacon distress signal is sent from aircraft, marine vessel or individual

STEP 2: SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS
Beacon positioning/location data is relayed by satellite communications to satellite ground stations or Local User Terminals (LUTs)

STEP 3: GROUND STATION RELAY
The Local User Terminal computes the location before sending alerts to the appropriate Mission Control Centers (MCC)

STEP 4: MISSION CONTROL CENTER COORDINATION
The Mission Control Center collects, stores and sorts the data received from LUTs and other MCCs and distributes alerts to associated Rescue Coordination Centers (RCC)

STEP 5: RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER COORDINATION
The Rescue Coordination Center notifies and coordinates emergency response/rescue teams

STEP 6: (MEOSAR ONLY) RETURN LINK SERVICE
With MEOSAR, an additional step is added for signal acknowledgement.

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Distress Beacons

Whether for aviation, maritime, military or outdoor/recreational uses, McMurdo emergency distress beacons are known globally for their commercial-grade quality, performance and innovation to maximize the chance of rescue.

ELTs

McMurdo’s Kannad Integra ELT is the most innovative ELT in the aviation industry with a dual-antenna design and embedded GPS to ensure that distress signals and positioning data can be sent independent of the aircraft systems.

EPIRBs

Maritime customers have trusted McMurdo’s reliable, high quality EPIRBs for years as a critical component of their search and rescue and GMDSS equipment set supported by the McMurdo Global Service Network.

PLBs

As the first compact Personal Locator Beacon on the market, outdoor enthusiasts, recreational maritime users and general aviation pilots have relied on McMurdo’s FastFind PLBs to be found in the event of an emergency.

Military Beacons

The world’s leading military organizations and armed forces have continually trusted McMurdo’s SARBE beacons – one of the world’s first military-grade distress beacon products specifically built for use in highly secure, rugged military operations.

Satellite Ground Stations (Local User Terminals)

McMurdo ground stations, used by the world’s leading search and rescue authorities, combine state-of-the-art signal processing technology with precise location algorithms to achieve unprecedented performance in distress beacon detection and location.

Mission Control Centers

McMurdo mission control center solutions provide critical information – search and rescue alerts, real-time satellite locations and footprints and other key variables – to rescue teams to expedite and optimize a rescue operation.

Rescue Coordination Centers

McMurdo provides a complete collaborative emergency response management system with integrated incident management, real-time situational awareness and search planning tools to facilitate effective rescue coordination.

Other Search and Rescue Solutions

A number of other search and rescue solutions including SARTs and AIS Man Overboard devices. McMurdo’s SmartFind AIS Man Overboard devices, for example, were the first products using AIS technology to notify nearby AIS-equipped vessels within a 4 miles radius for “local” rescue.