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McMurdo completes acquisition of TSi

Orolia’s McMurdo Group today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSi), a provider of SAR satellite ground stations, saying that it will allow it to become the world’s number one provider of end-to-end search-and-rescue solutions.

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The terms of the transaction, first announced last December, have not been disclosed.

TSi’s Maryland location becomes the US headquarters of the McMurdo Group, a division of Orolia, a French-based developer of Global Navigation Satellite System solutions. 

TSi has been instrumental in the development of the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite-based SAR programme. TSi is also involved in the next-generation MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) system.

“The acquisition of TSi firmly establishes McMurdo Group as the global leader in satellite-based search and rescue solutions,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO, McMurdo Group. “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.”

“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 US SAR Centre 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 centres equipped with search and rescue management software.”

TSi installed the world’s first operationally ready six-channel MEOSAR local user terminal (MEOLUT) in 2011 for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and completed a second NOAA installation in March 2014.

MEOSAR, currently in its Demonstration and Evaluation phase, is expected to have Initial Operational Capability in 2016 and Full Operational Capability by 2018. MEOSAR will use SAR-enhanced Galileo (Europe), GPS (US) and GLONASS (Russia) satellite constellations for greater global coverage and includes end-user beacon functionality such as a return-link service on Galileo satellites to acknowledge distress signal receipt and provide ongoing rescue effort status.

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