Inmarsat is continuing to support the Think Global Flight mission to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and the boundless worldwide opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industries.
Following a tour around the USA in a single-engine, piston-driven Citation Mustang Cirrus SR22T last year, Captain Judy Rice, navigator Fred Nauer and plane owner Edwin Sahakian will take off from Burbank, California on 13 June, taking in 32 cities in 23 countries around the world before their return in August.
In each city, the Think Global team will talk to students about aviation and aerospace, the importance of STEM education, and the impact green technologies are having on aviation.
More than 20,000 young people around the world have signed up to Student Command Centres, which are playing an active part in the mission through research, data analysis and flight planning.
Each command centre will be able to stay connected to the Think Global Flight plane thanks to an IsatPhone Pro handheld satphone and satellite airtime provided by Inmarsat to Captain Judy. This will allow her to make a daily report to the global participants at the end of each leg, and have access not only to voice calls but also SMS, email and GPS location data – in flight and on the ground.
Think Global Flight is the brainchild of Captain Judy Rice, a former teacher with a passion for aviation and space technology. She launched the non-profit organisation to promote STEM education globally by harnessing the excitement of a round-the-world flight in which children could take an active part. Judy is backed by a team of educators, business leaders and aviation specialists.