We often are approached by customers who are undertaking expeditions or scientific projects in the Northern or Southern Polar regions who need to use satellite communications to report back their news and findings. As Iridium is the only satellite network to cover these areas we take a look at how customers use their products at the in these regions.
Free Press: Journalism Beyond the Traditional Bounds of Geography
Iridium Pilot Data Terminal
Iridium’s latest blog details how cinematographer and editor Kenneth Sorento and journalist Martin Breum were required to report back to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) while undertaking an expedition to the Arctic seabed.
The team were asked to send a 2.5 minute HD quality news story. With some strong preparation beforehand Sorento worked with a technician at DR to develop a method of compressing the file – they were able to compress the video from 2.23 GB to 40.6 MB and cut it into three parts. DR received the files, combined them, and the story aired soon after, with very little loss in quality. Iridium Pilot and Iridium 9555 satellite phone were used for their journey.
Alex Hibbert’s Epic Journey through the North West Passage
Iridium Extreme satellite phone
GTC customer Alex Hibbert and his team are currently undertaking an expedition to ski, walk and swim 1800 miles fully unsupported (no resupplies or power-assistance) across a treacherous terrain of sea ice! This is the longest ever journey both man-powered or unsupported.
The team knew that the unpredictable nature of the sea ice would mean that they would need a reliable form of communication at all times and so we supplied the Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone. The Iridium Extreme offers emergency SOS with notification services and works anywhere in the world so the team know that they can call for help if they ever find themselves in danger.
Read the Full Story: Alex Hibbert begins his epic journey through the North West Passage
Antony Jinman reaches North & South Pole
In January last year Antony Jinman fulfilled his childhood dream of reaching both the North and South Pole.
Antony is the founder and CEO of Education through Expeditions (ETE), a social enterprise set up to inspire young people to learn more about the world around them and follow their dreams.
Antony embarked on this expedition not only to achieve his own lifetime goal but as a means to inspire and educate children. We lent a DeLorme inReach SE to Antony so that his expedition could be completely interactive and school children from all over the country would be able to ask him questions and track his progress online. The DeLorme inReach SE can send and receive messages and tracking signals from anywhere in the world and is designed for maximum durability in harsh environments, making it the perfect travel companion for Antony on his solo expedition.
Read the Full Story: Antony Jinman Has Completed His South Pole Missions
Have you used your Iridium phone or terminal to communicate in remote areas? Let us know your story!