Applied Satellite Technology Sponsor’s the Polar Venture Team on their Penny Ice Cap Expedition. The Polar Venture Team, Antony Jinman and Vijay Shah, set off in March 2008 equipped with two Iridium 9505A satellite phones and a BGAN EXPLORER 500, provided by AST, to ski 200km across the Penny Ice Cap, Baffin Island, Canada.
The aim of the expedition was to raise awareness for the International Polar Year 2007/08 and report back on the effects of climate change and Inuit life. Polar Venture also raised money and awareness for The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES).
The Penny Ice Cap covers over 5,000 square kilometers (approximately a quarter of the size of Wales) with ice as thick as 300 metres in places and is believed to be the birthplace of the last ice age. Baffin Island’s ice caps are in the remote Arctic and have been the base for several major scientific studies into climatic change and global warming in the past.
Antony and Vijay used the BGAN EXPLORER 500 to send back photos from their expedition to their website, www.polarventure.co.uk, enabling the site to be kept up to date with their latest news, progress reports and imagery.
The Iridium 9505A satellite phones, provided the pair with vital communication links, offering true global coverage and reliability. Antony reported that the phones worked brilliantly even in the freezing temperatures, which at the warmest were -30°C. ‘The batteries on the 9505A handsets did not need to be charged once during the expedition’, Antony commented, ‘the sat phones were brilliant and highly recommended’.
During the expedition Antony visited local schools to give talks on his experience and findings during the exhibition and in return he spent time learning about Inuit culture and their history.
The team returned to the UK on the 31st March 2008, a full report on their findings on climate change and the Inuit way of life has been produced and posted on their website. Antony has given presentation on his experiences at Duchy College, Cornwall and Exeter School.
By completing their expedition, Antony and Vijay have become the first British men to complete a self-supportive ski traverse of the Penny Ice Cap.