Iridium Satellite Communications Exercise in the Arctic
“Inveniam viam aut faciam” [“I shall find my way or make one”]
– Arctic Explorer Robert Peary, U.S.N. June 10, 1907
About the Expedition
Operation Arctic Lynx (OAL) is a partnership-driven field demonstration of Iridium® and Iridium Connected® technology, primarily focused above 60 degrees north latitude and stretching as far as 82 degrees north latitude.
Over a two-plus week period, from 11 June to 26 June, 2021, OAL includes an international contingent of more than 20 organizations ranging from the United States Department of Defense to scientific research institutions. A variety of exercises will take place deploying Iridium and Iridium Connected weather-resilient satellite communications technology on-base, on-the-move and remotely from the field.
During OAL, Iridium satellite PTT, unattended sensors, Iridium Certus® broadband, and other capabilities will display real time interoperability, communications-on-the-move, command-and-control and develop and maintain a common operational picture for military, civil and NGO applications.
Expedition Technology Partners
“Why then do we feel this strange attraction for these Polar Regions, a feeling so powerful and lasting, that when we return home we forget the mental and physical hardships, and want nothing more than to return to them?”
– Jean-Baptiste Charcot, French scientist and doctor
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Iridium and Iridium Connected Products
Products being used on this expedition
MissionLINK™ by Thales
MissionLINK™ by Thales – a global leader in satellite communications systems and communications technologies – gives your critical operation global communications coverage regardless of the landscape. It is the solution to depend on for essential communications wherever your mission takes you. Whether you operate as part of a deployed force or a single individual, this solution is designed to meet your unique challenges through a simple, adaptable and robust design.
MissionLINK comes with an intuitive, user-friendly interface and can be quickly integrated into existing vehicles or new fleets. It also includes built-in upgradeability to extend the life of your investment and ensure peak speed and performance.
VesseLINK™ by Thales
VesseLINK™ by Thales – a global leader in delivering sophisticated solutions for the world’s navies – gives your critical marine operation global communications coverage. It is the solution to depend on for essential communications wherever and whenever you are at sea. Whether you operate a large fleet or a single vessel, this solution is designed to meet your unique challenges through a simple, adaptable and robust design.
VesseLINK comes with an intuitive, user-friendly interface and can be quickly integrated into existing vessels or new fleets. It also includes built-in upgradeability to extend the life of your investment and ensure peak speed and performance.
Iridium Extreme® PTT
The Iridium Extreme® Push-to-Talk (PTT) is the device for global dependability, adaptability and durability. Only Iridium can deliver the power of fast, simple and secure group communication with the toughest, most feature-rich PTT-enabled satellite phone on the market.
Iridium GO!® provides global voice calling and text messaging solutions for your smartphone, as well as enhanced data capabilities offered through optimized apps to meet your unique needs.
Iridium 9575A “Bearcat”
The 9575A satellite phone offers proven reliability and industrial-grade design for use throughout the globe by the most demanding government customers. The phone features diamond tread, tapered grip design for superior in-hand ergonomics for use in the toughest environments. The Iridium Bearcat, when paired with a secure sleeve, provides global, reliable, secures voice communications up to Top Secret. Designed to operate in the most austere environments, the Bearcat can withstand the rigors of military operations and will always be ready when needed.
The AssetPack-3 (AP3) global satellite tracker is a highly versatile, low cost of ownership two-way asset tracking and sensor monitoring solution, designed for frequent two-way communication with unpowered assets. Using the Iridium satellite network, the AP3 is a completely enclosed, self-contained, waterproof, dustproof, fully-ruggedized solution that enables pinpoint monitoring of any fixed or mobile asset anywhere on the ground, at sea, or in the air. Available in solar/line power or hard-line only options, the battery lasts the lifetime of most industrial equipment. For applications beyond GPS, it can be rapidly configured to monitor a wide range of analog and digital sensors and inputs. Its fully two-way communication capability supports over-the-air commands to change reporting behavior or manage machinery.
COMSAT Certus Jump Kit
The COMSAT Certus Jumpkit is a simple, adaptable and robust to meet the real-life needs of any user, regardless of the situation, environment or location. It supports the Thales MissionLINK powered by Iridium Certus, delivering reliable data and voice communications with low latency no matter where your mission takes you. The Jumpkit enables essential communications for critical operations and enhanced safety features, including future-proofed solutions for higher speed services. With a smart power controller, it leverages standard Bren-Tronics military-grade batteries and includes a Vehicle Mount Kit (Magnetic Feet).
Global Satellite Communications Kit GSCK™
The Global Satellite Communications Kit—GSCK™ is configured for our customers with portable beyond line of site communications needs in remote locations leveraging the Iridium Certus® global satellite constellation. The GSCK™ is an expertly designed lightweight hand-carried, battery powered solution that leverages the power of the MissionLINK™ terminal by Thales. The MissionLINK™ is powered by the 4K custom integrated Rugged Power Center LifePo4 power management system that provides close to 8 hours of run time. The GSCK™ is integrated into a mil-spec case. Includes one year of replacement warranty coverage on all hardware.* The GSCK™ is innovative and simple design which is affordable & easy to use providing Iridium Certus® back-haul networking for data, voice and video on the Thales MissionLINK or VesseLINK™ antenna systems.
The IC-SAT100 provides a true Land Mobile Radio experience with an IP67-rated durable housing, large front-ported speaker for loud audio, a top mounted on/off volume selector, talkgroup selector for “no-look” operation, and a field replaceable antenna. Icom offers a large portfolio of Land Mobile Radio accessories for the radio to enhance the customers communication requirements.
The IC-SAT100 operates exclusively on Iridium Push-To-Talk services, and is compatible with the full portfolio of Iridium and Iridium Partner PTT products for seamless, global push-to-talk capabilities. Icom also offers the VE-PG4, a RoIP router to interconnect and manage latency of other radio technologies into a seamless communication.
Data, imagery, information and remote control is now available from any place on earth to users anytime, anyplace.
The McQ CONNECT™ product connects user and products to distributed worldwide locations using the new Iridium Satellite Constellation. McQ is an Iridium Partner company and Value Added Manufacturer.
The McQ OWL® Intelligent Camera technology delivers live video of Targets of Interest any where in the world. OWL is a Micro Radar triggered day/night camera for surveillance applications on specific targets.
McQ RANGER™ SAT
McQ RANGER® is a low cost, very small surveillance sensor with state of the art technologies to accurately detect and classify personnel and vehicles to extended ranges with minimal false alarms. RANGER is designed to be easily deployed by hand or by air dropping for threat detection along roads, in large remote areas, along borders, around facilities, or in wilderness areas. The RANGER communicates globally over the Iridium SBD® EMSS network.
NAL Research Quicksilver®
Quicksilver is your ideal Certus 100 mid-band solution. It’s perfect for global on-the-move (OTM), over-the-horizon (OTH), and beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) connectivity, as well as suitable for standalone usage and embedded integration. The Quicksilver QS-100 has a rugged, compact, modular design for multi-purpose applications. NAL Research – developing innovative, military-grade, global SATCOM & A-PNT solutions.
NAL Research SHOUT Nano
SHOUT nano is a handheld, global, two-way satellite communication device and emergency beacon. It is designed with ultra-low power consumption electronics, and equipped with an LCD display and an on-screen keyboard allowing transmission of free text and canned messages. Data is sent in either standard or 256-bit AES encrypted format.
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The Iridium Network
Iridium is the only communications network that provides reliable, truly global coverage. Iridium’s crosslinked mesh architecture creates a web of coverage in Low Earth Orbit. This, combined with our L-band positioning, enable low latency, weather-resilient communications – even in the polar and Arctic regions. Each Iridium satellite makes a full orbit around the earth approximately every 100 minutes.
As they circle the planet, the satellites converge at the North and South poles, creating excellent visibility for Iridium Connected devices in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Where other networks fail to reach, Iridium excels, which is why Iridium continues to be the provider of choice for polar communications.