International Operators Test Communication Possibilities In The Arctic

Iridium, creator of a global mobile-voice and data satellite communications network, is initiating Operation Arctic Lynx (OAL) today, June 11, 2021, and will run until June 26, 2021. Employing Iridium and Iridium Connected technologies, the operation consists of 20+ international organizations performing Arctic-focused communications exercises to demonstrate the scope, quality, and range of satellite capabilities in polar regions. Players include the US Department of Defense, US federal agencies, Alaska state and local organizations, Canadian government organizations, scientific research organizations, and multiple aerospace companies.

The polar regions of interest reside above 60° north latitude and stretch to 82° north latitude. Featured technologies include:

  • Weather-resilient broadband (Iridium Certus)
  • Iridium Push-To-Talk (PTT)
  • Unattended sensors capable of tracking, environmental monitoring, remote-control functions, and managing data and image delivery,
  • Beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) capabilities enabling truly global real-time command and control for drones and autonomous vehicles (Iridium Global Line of SightSM),
  • In-vehicle solutions
  • Capabilities like real-time on-the-move 1080 HD video over L-band

Starting from Utqiagvik, Alaska, the participants will exercise multiple voice, data, and video real-time communications threads while stationary and mobile. Another thread is a site farther north at approximately 82° north latitude at the Canadian Forces Station Alert (CFS Alert), Nunavut, Canada. Additional communications threads include:

  • US South Pole Station, at 90° south latitude, Antarctica;
  • McMurdo Station, Antarctica
  • Colorado Springs
  • Melbourne, Florida
  • Tyler, Texas
  • Chandler, Arizona
  • Leesburg, Virginia
  • Oslo
  • London

Ready for the big chill, but feeling left out in the cold abyss of knowledge depravation? If so, learn more about Operation Arctic Lynx and visit the Iridium website.

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