Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS)

Leading the Next-Generation Aviation Emergency Management System.


Aviation Search and RescueMcMurdo is a leading contributor in the design, development and deployment of the aviation industry’s next-generation emergency management system known as GADSS (Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System) and other emerging aviation/aerospace safety initiatives.

McMurdo is also driving various safety initiatives as part of the European Commission’s HELIOS project which is tasked with developing innovative, new solutions such as next-generation aircraft emergency beacons (ELTs) to enhance safety in our skies.  McMurdo, as the HELIOS project coordinator, leads a consortium of well-established, proven European companies and industry experts including Air France, France’s government space agency CNES, Cobham Aerospace Communications and other companies with expertise in aircraft manufacturing, protective clothing design, aerospace and satellite communications, distress beacon development and search and rescue operations.

From ELTs to global search and rescue infrastructure, from advanced traffic/monitoring systems to emerging air traffic management solutions, McMurdo’s Resilient PNT solutions are trusted by the world’s leading airlines, aircraft manufacturers and aviation organizations for their aviation safety needs today and in the future.

McMurdo Distress Safety Systems Solutions:

  • Distress Beacons (ELTs)
  • Search and Rescue Infrastructure
    • Satellite Ground Stations/Local User Terminals
    • Mission Control Centers
    • Rescue Coordination Centers
  • Satellite Communications
  • Rescue Communications
  • Data Management/Analytics