Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) and Rutgers University´s Coastal Ocean Observation Lab said that Iridium will be a key technology sponsor to the Challenger glider mission.
The project, a symbolic re-creation of the first global scientific ocean survey conducted by the HMS Challenger in 1872, is led by Rutgers´ students and faculty. The mission plans to “fly” 16 autonomous underwater gliders worldwide, covering all five ocean basins, collecting an unprecedented undersea dataset to better equip researchers with the tools to predict the ocean´s future and its impact on global weather.
The mission will be conducted from 2014 to 2016 through coordinated flights of the core glider fleet plus volunteered gliders from other academic and government institutions. Each glider will fly a 6,000 to 8,000 kilometer leg following the ocean gyre circulation around the five major ocean basins.
More information on the Challenger Glider Mission can be found at http://challenger.marine.rutgers.edu/.
Iridium is a mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the globe. Its website is at www.iridium.com.
Rutgers University´s Coastal Ocean Observation Lab is a world leader in developing innovative partnerships to explore the world´s coastal oceans, improving the basic understanding of coupled physical and biological processes, and serving the public good through observatory based monitoring and education programs. Its website is at http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu