MEOSAR Knowledge Center

SAR Agencies

Why MEOSAR Matters to SAR Agencies

MEOSAR delivers near-real-time signal detection with better location data, which translates to more lives saved faster with greater efficiency.

First MEOSAR Save: A hiker, backpacking alone in rugged New Zealand terrain, falls more than 30 metres, breaks a leg and can’t walk. Even the cooking pot in his pack is mangled. Despite the MEOSAR system being in test mode for only three days, the distress signal from the hiker’s McMurdo FastFind 220 personal locator beacon (PLB) was relayed by MEOSAR to Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand in only four minutes—50 minutes sooner than the existing LEOSAR system picked up the same distress signal.


Immediate signal detection meant the difference between a SAR team successfully reaching the injured hiker before dark and him spending the night at risking hypothermia at an altitude above 1,400 metres in the Tararua Ranges. Read more details about this search and rescue in our MEOSAR Becomes a Reality blog.

Saving Lives and Costs: The priority for all search and rescue activities is to save lives. There are also several cost benefits with MEOSAR. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the cost of a short-range helicopter at $10,853 per hour. If MEOSAR’s more precise location data results in a rescue taking 15 fewer minutes, that’s a savings of $2,713.

As Cospas-Sarsat moves toward the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) phase in 2016, there will be on-going changes and updates for SAR agencies. We can help you stay up-to-date with our MEOSAR newsletter by email.

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MEOSAR Customer Announcements

Learn about the exciting new MEOSAR system in these customer announcements from around the world and why you should consider upgrading to the next generation system.

McMurdo Leads Next-Gen Beacon Development

McMurdo has been selected by the European Commission (EC) to lead the development of next-generation search and rescue distress beacons under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program’s HELIOS Project. Several of the life-saving improvements expected to be implemented include near-instantaneous alert detection, pinpoint location positioning and remote acknowledgement and activation of distress beacon signals. Learn how this program will improve satellite-based SAR processes for beacon owners.

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Visit McMurdo's Experience Center

The McMurdo Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center is the first facility of its kind featuring the latest innovations and technology developments for search and rescue (SAR). Engage with our unique end-to-end SAR ecosystem, see an actual working MEOSAR system and take the controls just like a SAR coordinator. Click the link below to sign up for your personalized tour today!

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McMurdo is pleased to offer informational MEOSAR webinars to help individuals understand this exciting next-generation system. These webinars provide education and awareness tailored for global communities.

5 Critical Stages of the Search and Rescue Ecosystem

Do you know the 5 critical stages of the Cospas-Sarsat ecosystem and how this impacts you when involved in an emergency situation? This introduction to Search and Rescue explains the process.

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Are You Ready for the Next Generation in SAR Satellite

MEOSAR has revolutionized the Cospas-Sarsat satellite-based search and rescue system. Understand the technical advancements that will help with SAR processes worldwide.

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Next Gen Search and Rescue
- What's New

Given a year after our first MEOSAR webinar, this follow up webinar discusses the latest updates on MEOSAR including the first unofficial rescue situation aided by an alert picked up by a test system.

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