McMurdo Group acquires research and rescue company

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McMurdo Group said it acquired Techno-Sciences, a provider of SAR satellite ground stations, integrated emergency response center systems and coastal surveillance solutions.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

TSi’s Beltsville, Md., location becomes the U.S. headquarters for McMurdo, a division of Orolia, a global specialist in Global Navigation Satellite System solutions.

McMurdo said TSi has been instrumental in the development of the COSPAS-SARSAT international satellite-based SAR program, which has helped to save more than 35,000 lives worldwide since 1982.

TSi is also actively involved in the next-generation COSPAS-SARSAT system, MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue), which McMurdo said will greatly improve the existing SAR process with near-instantaneous detection, identification and location of emergency distress beacons.

“The acquisition of TSi firmly establishes McMurdo Group as the global leader in satellite-based search-and-rescue solutions. We are the only provider capable of supplying a single-vendor, end-to-end COSPAS-SARSAT emergency solution with a seamless ecosystem of products, technologies and processes that will streamline and expedite search-and-rescue efforts,” McMurdo Group CEO Jean-Yves Courtois said in a statement.

“TSi expands our global sales, support and customer footprint and adds to our already extensive expertise in SAR and MDA. We look forward to developing a U.S. SAR Center of Excellence to include manufacturing, distribution and support of McMurdo Group’s broad solution offering of distress beacons, AIS equipment, satellite communications units and emergency control centers equipped with search-and-rescue management software.”

TSi solutions are installed in more than 20 countries worldwide and include satellite ground stations or local user terminals, rescue and mission control centers and coastal surveillance/instruction detection systems. TSi installed the world’s first operationally ready six-channel MEOSAR LUT (MEOLUT) in 2011 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and completed a second NOAA installation in March.

With a team of 40 employees, TSi has a prominent list of government, military and commercial customers in Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States, including NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Navy.

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