La Jolla, CA., March 15, 2007 – Blue Sky Network, the global logistics solution provider for two-way linking and managing aviation assets via satellite, today announced the Polar First’s helicopter team, in their second attempt to set a record for circumnavigating the globe by way of the North and South Poles, will touch down in San Diego tomorrow. The Polar First pilots, Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill, have Blue Sky Network’s solution on-board to keep them in constant communication with their team on the ground.
Landing at Montgomery Field in San Diego marks one more stop in their journey that began on December 5, 2006. Since then, the Bell 407 helicopter and crew have traveled over 20,000 miles of the trip, successfully navigating through the South Pole and more than 18 countries along the way. For each leg of the mission, they have had the Blue Sky Network equipment onboard, tracking their every move online and giving them a two-way voice and data communications link from anywhere to anywhere for logistics and safety.
“Utilizing Blue Sky Network equipment to keep ground crews informed of our location throughout this flight has added an element of security to an otherwise unpredictable venture,” said Jennifer Murray. “Blue Sky Network’s equipment and fast-thinking people saved our lives on our last mission. I am pleased we have this wonderful and reliable safety element with us on this challenging trip.”
This is the second attempt by Polar First pilots Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill to complete the 36,000-mile, 175-day trip, after a 2003 expedition was abruptly cut short when the aircraft crashed on an ice sheet in Antarctica. The Blue Sky Network system and web-based SkyRouter, immediately alerted support people around the world that the aircraft was down, enabling them to coordinate emergency response personnel to the exact location of the crash, saving both pilots’ lives.
Blue Sky Network’s communications solution is based on the Iridium Satellite network. Only Iridium-based communications provide pole-to-pole, global voice and data communications coverage.
Progress of Murray and Bodill’s record-breaking trip can be accessed via Blue Sky Network’s website – www.blueskynetwork.com – which provides near real-time GPS tracking of the flight and Google Earth integration. Featuring Blue Sky Network’s SkyRouter, an interactive web portal, the website contains updates and details of the record attempt including speed, altitude and elapsed flight time.
The Polar First helicopter is scheduled to land tomorrow (Friday, March 16) around 10:00 a.m. This is an approximation, as weather can sometimes delay flights. If you are interested in covering the arrival, and interviewing the pilots, Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill, and Blue Sky Network’s CEO, Jon Gilbert, we can easily arrange that for you. Any editor interested in setting up an interview should contact Catriona Harris at 415-760-4617.
About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network is the leading provider of global satellite logistics solutions for two-way linking and managing remote transportation assets. Using its interactive Web portal, SkyRouter, with detailed mapping and integration with Google Earth, Blue Sky Network links enterprises to personnel and assets anywhere on earth over the Iridium satellite network. The FAA-certified data and voice products enable users to customize features including safety and event reporting. Blue Sky Network ‘s exceptional customer service and management team make it the perfect partner for adding true global communication to your transport network. For more information, please visit www.blueskynetwork.com.