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AST Systems UK is proud to have supported Polar Adventurer Antony Jinman on his most recent Antarctica trip, by providing him with an Iridium GO! terminal to allow quick and easy access to broadband services via a satellite connection.
Antony Jinman has been on a number of Polar expeditions, successfully reaching the Geographic North Pole in 2010 and the South Pole on the 17th January 2014. Following his North Pole expedition in 2010, Antony established Education Through Expeditions (ETE), a non-profit educational organisation designed to inspire young people to learn more about the world around them, and provide resources which can enhance the way environmental education is delivered in the classroom.
The web-based platform enables educators and students to access first person accounts and eye-witness reports from explorers and researchers in locations around the world.
On 26th December 2015, Antony began his latest Polar project, where he travelled to Union Glacier with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE). While he was there he used the Iridium GO! to communicate with schools in Cornwall and Wales, giving students the opportunity to feel part of the experience by allowing them to track his journey and ask questions about his experience via the ETE Live Learning portal.
The Iridium GO!, supplied by Applied Satellite Technology Systems Ltd, is a satellite Wi-Fi hotspot that allows users to make calls and send/receive texts from their smartphone, as well as giving access to advanced data capabilities through optimised apps from anywhere in the world.
The compact size and rugged design means that you can comfortably take it wherever you travel. Antony commented that ‘the ability to use your smartphone anywhere in the world is mind-blowing’.
‘I am proud to have AST as an important sponsor of my educational work over the years. Through their support, AST has provided me with the latest satellite technology allowing me to keep in contact with schools from all over the world.’
Antony Jinman, 2016.