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12-06-2008 - The dramatic final days of the British Armed Forces' Makalu 2008 expedition were relayed to the world via BGAN as four teams reached the end of an exhausting six weeks in the Himalaya.

Family, friends, sponsors and an avid online audience of thousands saw daily updates in words, pictures and video relayed via Inmarsat's broadband global network to the expedition website.

The main team in the joint services' Makalu 2008 expedition successfully summitted three of its number on Makalu at 8,463 metres (27,770 ft), approaching up the southern slopes.

South-east ridge
The success of Flight Lieutenant Jonathon Percival and his Sherpa, Dawa, was followed a few days later by Major Matt Hing and Lieutenant Lara Herbert with their sherpas, Dendi and Dayula.

A team scaling via the south-east ridge were less fortunate. Despite reaching further along the ridge than any other team since 1976, the final push for the peak proved elusive.

After First Warrant Officer Dick Gale suffered from a sore throat and possible chest infection, south-east team leader Squadron Leader Colin Scott wrote about their struggle to re-climb from base camp at 5,800 metres (19,029 ft) to pre-established camps two, three, four and five in their preparations to reach the summit.

Physical difficulties
After cresting a ridge and setting off in glorious sunshine for camp two at about 6,800 metres (22,310 ft), Colin faced his own physical difficulties.

"I began to experience similar symptoms to those that had affected Dick earlier in the day. Step after step had me convulsing in an extreme coughing fit and my upward progress slowed to a snail¿s pace," he wrote.

"After wrestling with the problem for 20 minutes, we agreed that my condition would only worsen as we went higher and the only sensible option was to descend to base camp."

High altitude
However, the expedition's high altitude development team did succeed in achieving their initial goals.

They trekked 240km (149 miles) with a total vertical ascent of nearly 10,000 metres (32,808 ft) - higher than Everest. They also successfully and safely navigated their intended route and climbed their chosen mountains. More importantly they developed the skills required for future Himalayan expeditions.

Video reportage
The junior team also succeeded in achieving all of their pre-expedition goals. They trekked through the foothills of the Himalaya and successfully climbed Mera Peak at 6,476 metres (21,247 ft).

The expedition's video and web log reportage was made possible by Inmarsat partner NSSL, a global provider of satellite services and equipment, which provided the teams with four BGAN terminals.

The Makalu 2008 expedition involves about 40 people selected from the UK's army, navy and air force, and comprises two Makalu ascent teams, one high-altitude acclimatisation group and a "junior" trekking contingent.
The expedition also raised funds for SOS Children's Villages, an international charity that provides family environments, schools and communities for orphaned and abandoned children.

Mumbai event launches FleetBroadband in India


India's ever-expanding maritime market is set to benefit from broadband ship-to-shore communications, following the launch of Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband solution in Mumbai recently.

In a ceremony hosted aboard Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess, Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband solutions manager, Manoj Mohindra, provided a 50-strong audience with a live demonstration.

The event was organised by Inmarsat distribution partner Stratos and its representative in India, Station Satcom.

The launch was attended by shipowners and ship managers, as well as representatives from the Indian Navy and Coastguard.

Seamless integration
Gerbrand Schalkwijk, vice-president for Asia Pacific, said FleetBroadband would improve crew and customer satisfaction, as well as enable money to be saved on fuel and operations costs by granting ship operators greater access to weather and routing updates.

"FleetBroadband will achieve two important goals of each maritime executive: firstly, it seamlessly integrates vessels with their head office IT network; and secondly, it enables broadband business solutions, such as remote-IT and cargo-management, to be used onboard."

ISSI to become a global distributor for the new Iridium OpenPort service


Today International Satellite Services, Inc. announced that we have an agreement in place to become a global distributor for the new Iridium OpenPortSM service. ISS' goal is to build our maritime business in the Americas region and beyond and we believe the new Iridium OpenPortSM service will help us do that. Service is expected to be commercially available September 2008.

About Iridium OpenPort. With an always-on, standard Ethernet connection and three voice lines that can be used simultaneously, Iridium OpenPort will deliver reliable, cost-effective data & voice communications for shipping and fishing fleets around the globe. Service will be available in packages bundling data usage and voice minutes into one low monthly fee. Large-volume voice and data packages will also be offered at progressive per-unit discounts. Packages will be available for speeds of 9.6 kbps, 32 kbps, 64 kbps and 128 kbps.

The ISS Proposition. International Satellite Services will combine the Iridium OpenPort service with the already existing portfolio of software solutions, providing one of the most comprehensive communications solutions available to the maritime community. ISS will offer solutions available to meet all the varying needs of the maritime community, including the shipping, fishing, workboat, research and crew calling sectors. Advance orders for Iridium OpenPort terminals are being taken now by ISS to ensure that customers will receive one of the first Iridium OpenPort terminals available on the market.

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