Iridium Around the World

 
 

Iridium Sails Around the World

December 31, 2010 signaled the start of the epic three-month Barcelona World Race. All 15 of the yachts participating in the event have Iridium-based Yellowbrick trackers onboard, provided by Iridium value-added partner Rock Seven Mobile Services.

The Barcelona World Race is a two-crew, non-stop sailing race around the World from Barcelona to Barcelona via three Capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn. The length of the course is approximately 25,000 nautical miles (46,300 km) along the Great Circle line, the shortest route traced on a map across the world.

The Yellowbrick Max trackers are transmitting position data every 30 minutes throughout the journey, so yacht management teams and racing fans alike can follow all the racing action. The trackers are completely self-powered, with built-in antennae and batteries. During certain key elements of the course, for example, through the Strait of Gibraltar and around the Capes, the trackers will be programmed to update every 15 minutes.

In addition, each yacht is also equipped with a Yellowbrick Capsize tracker to be used in the event of any emergencies. This special unit has an external antenna, which fits into a through-hull fitting on the yacht. Should the boat capsize, the antenna can be placed through the hull of the vessel and the capsize trackers will automatically alert the management team when a transmission is received by email and text message, providing accurate location reports every 15 minutes.

The Barcelona World Race is expected to finish at the end of March and you can track the progress of the race at: http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org.

 
 

Ready, Set, Mush! Iridium at the Iditarod

 

Iridium and its service partners, SatCom Global (Americas) and IonEarth, once again provided satellite voice and data services for the 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Billed as the “Last Great Race on Earth,” the iconic Iditarod took place March 5-20 and covered some of the world's harshest terrain, running more than 1,049 miles in Alaska, from Anchorage to Nome.

 

Since most of the route — particularly through the center of Alaska — is not covered by terrestrial landlines, cellular networks or other satellite communication services, race officials and volunteers relied on Iridium satellite phones and pagers provided by SatCom Global for communications services. In addition, IonEarth equipped each participating sled with a lightweight battery-powered GPS tracking device, which transmitted the sled’s location, speed, heading, altitude and air temperature every 15 minutes through the Iridium satellite network. The tracking devices provided a critical safety communications lifeline for the race teams, medical personnel, media, bush pilots and volunteers all throughout the race.

At race’s end, 47 teams out of the 62 that started this year’s Iditarod made it to Nome and crossed the finish line. Congratulations to first-place finisher John Baker and his amazing team!

For complete information on the 2011 Iditarod, visit: www.iditarod.com.

 
 
 
 

Iridium Travels North by Northwest with Bear Grylls

The Iridium 9555 satellite phone was along for the journey last fall as television host, author and seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls led a team along 2,000 miles of the infamous ice strewn Northwest Passage, which links the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via the Arctic, on an ice-breaking Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).

The expedition aimed to highlight the effects of global warming and also to raise money for Global Angels, a charity that provides the world's most disadvantaged and vulnerable children with innovative sustainable solutions in their communities, helping them adapt to and develop within their changing climate.

Grylls, host of the Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild” and “Worst Case Scenario,” used the Iridium 9555 to stay in contact with the expedition management team and his sponsors while traversing the Northwest Passage which, only a few short decades ago, had not been crossed. This region north of the Arctic Circle is a polar desert covered by ice sheets and icebergs most of the time and is one of the harshest environments in the world. Temperatures average below freezing year-round, with an average annual temperature of -14°C / 7°F. Iridium is the only satellite system that provides reliable coverage in the Arctic Region.

After a safe return from the 15-day expedition, Grylls expressed his appreciation for the Iridium equipment, “Thank you Iridium for supporting this venture with the satellite phone kit that was reliable and tough wearing. My job is all about equipment that works to its max when it matters and Iridium delivered on those counts 100%! Simply, the Iridium 9555 just plain works."

Check out the photos of the expedition here: http://www.beargrylls.com/gallery.html

 
 

Welcome New Partners

VAR
  • ACR Electronics
  • Comsatel S.A.
  • Comunicaciones Latincom Ltda
  • DeLorme Publishing Company Inc
  • Digi International
  • DTI Group Ltd
  • Eagle Research Corporation
  • ECCEL Corporation Ltda
  • E-Connect Hong Kong Limited
  • EgyptSat Telecom Company
  • Field Intelligence
  • Kato Eletronic Co. Ltd
  • KORE Telematics Inc
  • Real Time Solutions Pvt. Ltd
  • Xact Technology, LLC

 
VAD
  • Head Enterprise for Flight Data Processing, Ltd
  • Traverse Global Inc
 
VAM
  • Advanced Distribution Sensor Systems
  • INOVAR, Inc
  • Sense Technologies, L.L.C.
  • StarsNav
 
 

Events

Iridium will be at the following industry events. If you plan on attending any of these conferences, please stop by and visit us. Or, to schedule an appointment, please send an email to editor@iridium.com.

March 2011

 
22-24

CTIA 2011
Orlando, Fla.
Attending
http://www.ctiawireless.com/

23-24 Aircraft Electronics Association
Reno, Nevada
Speaker: Brian Pemberton, Product Management, Aviation
& Maritime Products
http://www.aea.net/
30-31 ACI’s Polar Shipping Summit
Montreal, Canada
Speaker: Jacki Richards, Director, Global Distribution Operations
http://www.acius.net/aci/conferences/eu-mas2.asp

April 2011

 
4-9

European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Vienna, Austria
Speaker: Om Gupta, Director, Business Development, Iridium NEXT
http://meetings.copernicus.org/egu2010/

5-6

Digital Ship Cyprus
Cyprus
Speaker: Wouter DeKnopper, Director Europe / Middle East / Africa
Sponsor
www.thedigitalship.com/conferences/cyprus/cyp_about10.shtml

11-12

National Space Symposium
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Speaker: Matt Desch, CEO
http://www.nationalspacesymposium.org/

18 National Hurricane Conference
Speaker: Ted O’Brien, VP and General Manager, The Americas
Sponsor
http://www.hurricanemeeting.com/index.asp
20-21 AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium
Sponsor and exhibitor
http://www.afcea.org/events/springintel/11/welcome.asp

May 2011

 

10-12

ICNS
Washington, DC
Speaker: Om Gupta, Director, Business Development, Iridium NEXT
http://i-cns.org/

 
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