Participants of the Antarctic Expedition Foundation 2041 stay connected and share their discoveries in real time during a climate mission, thanks to high-performance satellite connectivity services on board an expedition ship, HSE announced.
The main purpose of the expedition, led by the explorer robert swanis to contribute to society’s understanding of climate change and what can be done to address it, preserving Antarctica for future generations as an undisturbed reserve for science and wildlife.
The expedition, made up of a group of 150 participants from all walks of life, has a bold mission to preserve Antarctica and help reduce the impact of climate change by 2041 by raising awareness for climate action and its importance to everyone around the world.
The group of students, education professionals, scientists and entrepreneurs will leave on March 20, 2022 on board ocean victory and will provide regular streaming sessions throughout the journey, thanks to satellite connectivity services enabled by HSE and Speedcast. Leading company in the management of passenger ships and fleets International cruise management provides technical and operational solutions to Ocean Victory, using Speedcast for onboard managed connectivity services.
This is the first time that the Foundation 2041 expedition will benefit from a dedicated connectivity service for streaming and real-time sessions with the outside world. To do this, SES will operate a C-band beam on the SES-6 satellite to provide connectivity, with speeds reaching up to 50 Mbps.
Speedcast provides the managed service for shipping, including on-board equipment, hub, teleport, backhaul and customer support. Connectivity will help participants stay connected with family and friends back home, allowing them to share the reality of climate change in real time throughout the expedition.
“This is a great first in our history, where we plan to actively communicate live from our ship, and which has been made possible thanks to SES and Speedcast. This will allow us to get our message out to the rest of the world – about what we do, why we do it, but also to challenge people and encourage them to take action to make a difference.,” noted robert swan. “Helping Antarctica means helping current and future generations, and together we must make a change now, before it’s too late..”
Determined to make a tangible difference through its activities, SES recently enforcelied a new Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) program and set of ESG objectives. Under the aegis of the company ESG horizon strategic location, where sustainable space meets sustainable earth, SES supports the 2041 Foundation through its ESG-funded program and plays an active role in supporting the international community‘s efforts to reduce environmental impacts. SES is committed to achieving NetZero by 2050.
Gez Draycott, an SES employee will accompany the shipment on site. With improved connectivity, he’ll be giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the expedition on his Instagram account at @gez_antarctica to make this project better known.
“Making a difference is a core value of SES. In addition to doing this through the services we provide around the world, we have defined the key pillars of our environmental, social and governance strategy. Robert Swan Foundation’s 2041 Expedition aligns well with SES goals, addressing sustainability challenges on Earth,” noted Amber Ledger, Senior Manager, Social and Environmental Impact at SES. “And to achieve this common goal and make a difference on Earth, we are harnessing SES’s space-enabled connectivity, as it is ideal for bringing reliable connectivity to even the most remote locations for enormous good.”
In partnership with SES, Speedcast is proud to support climate change and exploration efforts, providing comprehensive connectivity services and apps for expeditions to the most extreme and remote places on Earth.