British Antarctic Survey use Iridium OpenPort

Applied Satellite Technology (AST) is proud to have supplied the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) with an Iridium OpenPort for their various expeditions including a mission to the Gamburstsev sub-glacial mountains (AGAP), as part of the International Polar Year.

During the AGAP mission the team of scientist, pilots and support staff from BAS visited the two field camps in East Antarctica, AGAP-N and AGAP-S. Both these stations are miles from the nearest infrastructure and outside the footprint of geostationary satellite communication systems. 

Carl Robinson, Airborne Survey Engineer from BAS commented, “The Iridium OpenPort has been an absolute god send, it has provided good communications allowing us to send data back to the bases and keep the project in contact with the McMurdo and Rothera stations.

“We have the OpenPort antenna outside at temperatures around -30 to -35 degrees some days and it has worked well given the conditions. We had the system just running off solar power with no issues during the time we spent at AGAP-N.”

Iridium OpenPort  is the world’s first and only global voice and data service engineered for the maritime market, however as the BAS team have proved it is very diverse.



About BAS

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a world leader in research into global environmental issues. With an annual budget of around £45 million, five Antarctic Research Stations, two Royal Research Ships and five aircraft, BAS undertakes an interdisciplinary research programme and plays an active and influential role in Antarctic affairs.

BAS has joint research projects with over 40 UK universities and has more than 120 national and international collaborations. It is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council. More information about the work of the Survey can be found at: