Satellite technology helps Solo Antarctica expedition communicate
Last updated: Thursday, 13th November 2008, 16:48
Spectra Group (UK) Ltd is providing satellite communication equipment to support Solo Antarctica, the first attempt by an individual to reach the South Pole and back totally unaided. The expedition is being undertaken by Mark Langridge, a serving member of the UK armed forces, and will raise money for Cancer Research, The British Heart Foundation and DebRA, the national charity working on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Solo Antarctica, whose patron is His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, starts on 1st November 2008 at the Hercules Inlet, a large, narrow, ice-filled inlet which forms a part of the SW margin of Ronne Ice Shelf in Western Antarctica. Taking an estimated eighty days, Mark will cover a distance of 1392 miles totally unsupported with no outside assistance such as Para re-supplies, mechanical aids (including wind-sails), pre-laid depots and dog haulage. Not even a hot drink can be accepted from scientists at the Pole station.
Spectra Group is providing two Iridium hand-held satellite phones, including airtime, which will enable Mark to send and receive voice and messaging during the expedition, this is a mandatory emergency recovery requirement. They will use the Iridium constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites that are operated by Boeing to deliver essential communications services to and from remote areas regardless of location.
If you wish to sponsor Mark or find out more about this expedition then please visit www.soloantarctica .com