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Maintaining Vital Communications Connection

While at Sea
Iridium Connected maritime broadband service helps global climate change expedition
stay in touch.

Around the Americas Expedition

“Along with our daily communications to friends, families, schools and research
institutions, we regularly received large data files, PDFs of magazine articles and
layouts for articles we've written for many different magazines. Iridium, provided by
Stratos, has been the best and most reliable method for keeping in touch, and has
made it possible for us to promote – in real time – the educational and scientific
mission of the Around the Americas voyage.”
Mark Schrader, Captain, S/V Ocean Watch

The Challenge
Around the Americas, a historic 28,000-mile clockwise sailing circumnavigation of the North and South
American continents, needed reliable, high-quality voice and data links throughout its voyage for daily
communications and documentation of the health of the world’s oceans and its impact on global climate

The Solution
Iridium and its service partner Stratos provided the Iridium OpenPort® system for the 64-foot steel-hull
vessel Ocean Watch.

The Iridium OpenPort allowed the Around the Americas expedition crew to maintain regular and
consistent voice and data communications throughout the voyage, including Polar waters not covered by
any other satellite communication system.

"Since we are filing a daily story along with images for uploads to our website, we now have sent more
than 1,500 images, with some photo packages approaching the 4 MB size, via Iridium with no significant
Mark Schrader, Captain, S/V Ocean Watch
Around the Americas as part of the
Iridium Global Ecosystem

Solution Provider: Stratos

Enabling Product: Iridium OpenPort

Enabling Product Vendor: Stratos, an Iridium service partner, offers an extensive portfolio of
remote communications solutions, including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services to
partners on seven continents and across the world's oceans.

Iridium Core Component: Iridium OpenPort

Iridium Key Network Capability: The Iridium OpenPort system provides global coverage and
features a small, lightweight antenna, three independent phone lines and scalable data to 128 kbps.
Leveraging Iridium’s low-earth orbit constellation of 66 cross-linked satellites, Iridium OpenPort is the
only maritime satellite service capable of reaching extreme northern and southern latitudes, which is
vital for seafaring missions such as the Around the Americas expedition that require a reliable, critical
communications lifeline.

Only one communications company connects the entire globe

Iridium is the world’s only truly global mobile communications company, with coverage of the entire Earth, including oceans, airways and
Polar Regions. Iridium voice and data products provide communications solutions that allow global companies, government agencies and
individuals to stay connected, everywhere. The unique Iridium constellation of 66 Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites routes
communications traffic through space and around the world, creating highly efficient and reliable connections.
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