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Many research projects depend on satellite communications for the safety of their personnel and reliable, fast data transfer, especially in remote and harsh environments such as the polar regions. AST Group delivers state of the art global satellite communication systems for research projects, for increased safety and connectivity.


Many environmental research projects require not only fast data transfer but also methods to track, monitor and exchange data with remote assets, which are often deployed across multiple countries and continents beyond the range of terrestrial connections.  

One of our customers, Met Office Marine Systems have over 100 Iridium SBD modems across their permanent observation stations, as well as on merchant and scientific research vessels operating from the Arctic to the Antarctic. These vessels require uninterrupted global coverage which can be provided via satellite communications.

Handheld satellite phones are also critical, not only for communications but to assist in ensuring the safety of lone worker personnel.  Our unique solution, IRIS offers detailed real-time location reports on a user-friendly web-based portal, so other members of the team back at home/base camp can check and monitor any activity on the portal, responding instantly to distress or SOS alerts, wherever they may be.

Take a look at our latest case studies

British Geological Survey | Iridium 9575


Journey To A Sinking Island | BGAN EXPLORER 300


Cheetah Conservation Fund | Iridium


Meteoswiss Weather Station Network | Iridium SBD


Team Latitude | BGAN EXPLORER 300


MediaMobil | Iridium Certus® for Arctic scientific expedition 


TESACOM | Iridium Certus® for Antarctic scientific project


Atlantic Rising | BGAN EXPLORER 300


Polar Venture | BGAN EXPLORER 500


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