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Wireless Innovation provides satellite communications solution for the British Antarctic Survey's "Project Javelin"
[April 17, 2013]

Wireless Innovation provides satellite communications solution for the British Antarctic Survey's "Project Javelin"

Apr 17, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wireless Innovation is delighted to announce its involvement with the British Antarctic Survey's (BAS) "Project Javelin". We have provided UK scientists with a satellite communications solution necessary for the remote tracking of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier (PIG).

The project developed by the BAS, a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), was aimed at landing a series of missile-like "javelins" on the surface of one of Antarctica's biggest and fastest-moving ice streams. Using twenty-five of these GPS-equipped "javelins" UK scientists are currently monitoring one of the most intensively studied areas of the continent.

The device is around 2.5 metres long and is equipped primarily with a payload chamber that, once landed, is buried under the snow - here all of the electronics are stored - and an antenna mast used to transmit data. The instrument is also fitted with a set of small fins or "ice brakes" to prevent it from penetrating too far into the surface of the ice.

This type of remote monitoring, satellite technology is what the BAS hopes will help examine the future of the glacier and address the questions surrounding a rise in global sea levels.

Wireless Innovation anticipates a successful partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and will be keeping a close eye on the research operation as it progresses. For more information about our expertise in satellite communications contact us now .

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