Inmarsat is supporting the Race2Recovery team of injured British and US service personnel in the Dakar Rally, which runs from 5 – 19 January.
It is providing vital satellite communications equipment and services to the five driving members of the UK-based team, which is competing in the toughest event in motorsport, driving from Lima to Santiago.
They are the first team of predominantly injured servicemen and women to enter the Dakar Rally.
Help for Heroes
They are raising money for a Help for Heroes project, the Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre in the UK, which provides vital support for injured servicemen and women.
During the 8,000km rally the team will stay connected at all times using Inmarsat BGAN terminals for internet access and eight IsatPhone Pro satellite phones.
Race2Recovery will rely on Inmarsat to maintain contact even in the most remote locations, including while crossing the Atacama Desert and the Andes.
They will be able to video link with the mechanical and logistics crews back at base in the UK, post updates on their website, Facebook and Twitter, and seek help in the case of medical or mechanical emergencies.
“The Inmarsat BGAN terminal means that our Race2Recovery team can rely on great voice and broadband connectivity in even the most remote of locations,” said Captain Tony Harris, Race2Recovery's Co-Director and a former Captain in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
“The kit is incredibly simple, lightweight and compact, and is great for updating social media sites with texts and photos and for sending emails.”
Andy Start, President of Global Government at Inmarsat, said: “With reliable communications, individuals with injuries or disabilities can aspire to reach their goals.
“However risky and remote the environment, the team can reach their goals with the reassurance that support is just a call or video chat away.
“Inmarsat's support for the Race2Recovery team as it competes in the Dakar Rally builds on our longstanding association with this ultimate driving event.”
Recognising the significance of the team effort, Race2Recovery was awarded the first ever grant from the Endeavour Fund, set up by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.