Ocean Cleanup communications support

The Iridium network will deliver critical operational data, imagery and video for The Ocean Cleanup, continuing Iridium’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Iridium Communications Inc. has announced that it has been selected as the preferred provider of satellite communications services for The Ocean Cleanup, the non-profit organization deploying advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Ocean Cleanup is embarking on one of the largest environmental initiatives of this generation by cleaning up ocean plastic debris, starting with what’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Ocean Cleanup has chosen Iridium L-band satellite broadband services to support this important mission.  The service is being delivered in partnership with Iridium service provider The AST Group.

By creating a system of 600-metre-long floating plastic collectors (floating screens, or systems) that include a 3-metre-deep skirt, The Ocean Cleanup collects plastic pollution through a combination of the wind, waves, natural ocean currents and the floating screen’s ability to prevent plastic escaping underneath it, or flowing over the top, while avoiding to ensnare sea life.  Each system is equipped with two Iridium broadband terminals, and upon full deployment of a fleet of 60 floating screens, there will be 120 Iridium broadband terminals operating as part of this project.

By Jake Frith

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