The Satellites Powering Epic Adventures Around the World


We all love disconnecting for a good backcountry adventure—no cellphones, emails, or texts, only the sounds of nature. But staying connected for emergencies is always the safest option, especially when our adventures take us to far-flung places hours away from civilization. Satellite devices, such as the Garmin InReach Mini and ZOLEO Satellite Communicator, are well known (and well loved) in the outdoor community. But what you may not know is that the devices keeping you connected in the backcountry are powered by the same satellites behind some seriously epic adventures. 

Iridium is the only satellite network that keeps users connected pole to pole. Read on to see some of the expeditions supported by Iridium’s satellite connectivity. 

Discovering New Species in Patagonia

Entomologist Dr. Isaí Madriz set out to the Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia to study biodiversity. As part of the world’s first insect-conservation program, the Fulbright scholar and National Geographic Explorer knew he’d encounter far more bugs than humans as he explored fjords, glaciers, and snowy mountains. During his three years studying in Patagonia, Dr. Madriz discovered more than 50 new species of insects—a testament to the biodiversity we’re only just beginning to understand in the region. To stay connected on what were often solo expeditions in a variety of weather conditions, Dr. Madriz used Iridium GO!, which connects to up to five devices via Iridium satellites and offers voice calling from even the wildest parts of the world.

Off-Roading 1,400 Miles Through the Desert

Every year, daring women head to the desert of California and Nevada for the Rebelle Rally—a first-of-its-kind women’s off-road navigation competition that puts driver-and-navigator teams to the test over eight days. With no cellphones and no GPS, teams traverse nearly 1,400 miles the old-school way (using maps, guidebooks, and a compass). While the…


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