More than 75 years after Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over the South Pacific during her round-the-world flight, Inmarsat supported the recreation of her flight to help her namesake become the first woman to fly around the world in a single-engine airplane.
The Amelia Project saw Amelia Rose Earhart, an experienced aviator and former news anchor from Denver, Colorado, USA, take to the skies, flying for 102 hours to symbolically complete the historic flight.
The 24,300 nautical mile-long journey featured 17 stops in 14 different countries and took 18 days, starting and ending in California, USA.
Not only was the mission inspired by the bravery and spirit of adventure of Amelia Earhart, whose disappearance remains a mystery, but it also served to highlight the Fly with Amelia Foundation.
The non-profit organisation was set up in 2013 by Amelia Rose so that she could share her passion for flying. It provides flight scholarships for young women aged 16-18, builds STEM-based educational curriculums, and opens up opportunities for people to be involved in aviation.
The IsatPhone Pro provides coverage anywhere in the world and meant that Amelia could contact family, call for assistance and co-ordinate her journey when she arrived at each destination.
In addition, the BGAN terminal provided internet connection in the most remote areas of the planet, allowing Amelia to keep track of weather reports and news that may have affected her route.
It also meant that Amelia was able to share the adventures and excitement of her journey with real-time updates when she was on the ground. Inmarsat’s global satellite coverage enabled her to use social media all over the world and respond to supporters, as well as answer questions posted on her Twitter and Facebook pages.
The route took her across the US before heading south to the Caribbean and north-eastern Brazil before crossing the South Atlantic Ocean, the heart of the African continent, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Islands, and back across the Atlantic Ocean to California.