We received a great letter from Major Stan Marsh that we wanted to share with the community.

Major Marsh recently led a team on a two-year Antarctic expedition, ‘In the Spirit of Captain Scott’ in this, the centenary year of his team’s heroic journey to the South Pole their scientific contribution to our understanding the Antarctic region.

The team used two Iridium® 9555 satellite phones and SELEX Elsag technical communications support to contact home and update their blog along the way.

Below is the letter as well as a picture from the expedition.


From: Major Stan Marsh, Chief of Staff

To: Mr. Dennis Burton, SELEX Elsag


“I write this letter to you on behalf of the BSAE 2012 expedition members to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the support your company gave our exploratory venture in the Antarctic. 

In the name of science and exploration BSAE 2012 was probably the largest and most adventurous Tri-Service Expedition launched for many years. The journey to the Antarctic, the coldest places on earth, commenced two years ago with a rigorous training and team selection programme. The exciting prospect was to take three teams to the Antarctic ‘In the Spirit of Captain Scott’ in this, the centenary year of his team’s heroic journey to the South Pole and their scientific contribution to our understanding of the Antarctic region. Our teams had specific aims; climb previously un-climbed mountains, conduct exploratory journeys into un-chartered areas and importantly conduct scientific work on behalf of the National Science Programme. 

The scale, complexities, political, logistical and financial aspects for such an expedition, was needless to say: immense. This is where your technical communications support was greatly felt.

Red and Green teams summated numerous previously un-climbed peaks. Blue team completed all the science and exploration objectives set them by the National Science Programme, including the first crossing of the unnamed regions of the Antarctic Peninsula accessing the Avery Plateau via the Forbes Glacier on the west coast to the Larsen Ice-Shelf on the east coast and back again.  

The first crossing by man-haul of this region was undertaken as part of the research work to investigate the Orographic Air Flows over the Peninsula. This involved the team in ice-coring, by hand, to 10 meters depth, at 15 locations, in extremely demanding and difficult circumstances. The team then completed the emplacement of two GPS transmitters to measure the physical uplift of the Antarctic Peninsula land mass, one of which required the team to complete a crossing of sea-ice with a high degree of risk to personal safety. Concurrently, the team completed a series of ocean sampling activities which will add to the understanding of both regional and global climate change affecting the lower food chain (Plankton) elements of the sea.

May we wish you and your team at SELEX Elsag all the very best for the future.”