Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) and Telaurus Communications LLC (Telaurus) have teamed to provide satellite communication equipment and services for a six-month Northwest Passage Filming voyage. The voyage got underway from Rhode Island on June 13, 2009 and will end in Seattle on Oct. 31, 2009. The voyage’s vessel, the Bagan, is equipped with an Iridium OpenPort high-speed maritime communications terminal and Telaurus Se@Comm software.
Iridium OpenPort enables the Bagan to transmit voice and data communications in the Arctic Region where no other service is available, including services based on geostationary satellites. So, the captain and crew of the Bagan are able to speak on the phone at the same time, even during data transmission. The Se@Comm communications software by Telaurus provides real-time messaging, and advanced compression and file transfer capabilities, giving maximum flexibility and control to both operators and crew.
Emmy Award -winning filmmaker Sprague Theobald has assembled this team of sailors, divers and filmmakers uniquely suited to not only take on the challenges of an Arctic expedition, but to capture it on film in dramatic and compelling ways that highlight environmental and political issues surrounding the passage.
Theobald’s documentary objective is to show what’s at stake and what we risk losing if we don’t take action now to preserve what’s left of the Arctic frontier. In addition to preserving the Arctic’s natural beauty, Theobald will also use his Northwest Passage documentary as an educational piece encapsulating maritime history and Arctic environmental conservation opportunities.
Theobald will publish daily photographs, audio/video, and daily reports to the film’s Website, www.northwestpassagefilm.com. He hopes that, by making such live broadcasts like this to the Website and through TV and news partners, he will continue to generate support and awareness for the Arctic people, wildlife and habitat.