Canada’s Department of National Defence will negotiate an agreement with the US Air Force for the installation of search-and-rescue repeaters on the service’s next generation Global Positioning System satellites.
The repeaters provided by Canada’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project will significantly cut down on the time it takes to locate a distress signal, according to Canadian military officers.
The 24 search-and-rescue repeaters will be installed on the USAF’s GPS 3 satellites. The first repeater is expected to be on one of the satellites scheduled for launch in 2017. COM DEV of Cambridge, Ontario, will be awarded the contract to build the repeaters. In 2013 it received a CAN $4.7 million (US $3.5 million) contract from the Canadian government for research-and-design work on the systems.