Com Dev International said the initial contract for the system, known as Cospas-Sasat, is worth $4.7 million. Work is expected to last 15 months and involve the company’s Ottawa and Cambridge, Ont. facilities. The contract includes a $14 million option to extend the development work into production of a fully-integrated prototype.
Cospas-Sasat was established in the mid-1970s by Canada, the U.S., France and Russia as a global search and rescue system, according to Com Dev. The medium earth orbit search and rescue repeater to be designed by Com Dev will orbit Earth at a distance of 22,000 kilometres and be able to detect signals from emergency beacons and retransmit them to receiver stations on the planet’s surface.
"This project demonstrates ... how Canadian space technology can be harnessed for the benefit of all humanity," said Com Dev CEO Mike Pley in a statement.