COM DEV to develop advanced payload for Cospas-Sarsat

$4.7M contract for a repeater that will be used by search and rescue satellite system.

March 4, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — COM DEV International Ltd. has won a $4.7 million contract to begin work on the development of an advanced satellite payload that will be used in the next generation of the global search and rescue system known as Cospas-Sarsat.

Public Works and Government Services Canada awarded the contract to the Cambridge, Ont.-based manufacturer of space hardware subsystems for the first phase of the Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) Project.

COM DEV’s is to design and develop a repeater that Canada will provide as a payload on the next generation of the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) constellation.

The work is to last 15 months and it will be carried out at the company’s Cambridge and Ottawa facilities.


The contract includes a $14 million option to extend the development work to produce a fully integrated prototype MEOSAR repeater for test and space qualification.

COM DEV began the development of its MEOSAR technology in 2008 under a cost-shared R&D project with the Canadian Space Agency. Canada’s National Search and Rescue Secretariat then provided additional R&D support through its Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund.

Cospas-Sarsat was established by Canada, the US, France, and Russia in the mid-1970s to provide a true global search and rescue system. Once in orbit 22,000 kilometres above the Earth, a MEOSAR Repeater will be able to detect signals from emergency beacons and retransmit the signals to receiver stations on Earth.

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