British Antarctic Survey selects Maxtena's antenna for science spears

Top Quote Maxtena, Inc. has been selected as the antenna provider for British Antarctic Survey. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 03, 2013 - Maxtena has been selected as the antenna provider to British Antarctic Survey (BAS), one of the world's leading environmental research centers with responsibility for the UK's national scientific activities in Antarctica.

    BAS scientists have developed an airdropped spear to put vital reporting instruments in parts of Antarctica only accessible by plane. Twenty-five of the spears have been strategically dropped in Pine Island Glacier (PIG), currently one of the world's largest net contributors of ice to the sea.

    To support BAS's mission to track glacier movement toward the sea, Maxtena provides the research center with a robust single band GPS/Iridium antenna. The antenna is able to perform in the harsh arctic environment and serves to relay the GPS data back to BAS to then track the PIG's movement towards the sea.

    "We're extremely pleased to be able to equip British Antarctic Survey with our antenna technology, it's not easy finding an antenna capable of performing under such difficult conditions and I'm glad they're achieving the performance they require from our antennas," said Stanislav Licul, president and chief operating officer at Maxtena.

    Through the hard work of Innovelec Solutions, one of Maxtena's largest distributors in the UK, BAS has a trusted partner able to provide the research center with high performance antenna solutions and close support.

    "The harsh operating conditions, the stress forces created by the impact with the snow and the high performance expectations all made the Maxtena / Innovelec antenna range the best solution for our project" Dr. David Jones, project manager, British Antarctic Survey.

    BAS plans to integrate Maxtena's dual band GPS/GLONASS active antenna with their next generation spear that will be deployed next season.

    To learn more about British Antarctic Surveys project, visit

    About Maxtena
    Founded in 2006, Maxtena has quickly become the recognized global leader in developing and producing innovative wireless solutions. They are engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing a comprehensive range of embedded, external and custom antenna solutions for GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, COMPASS, Galileo), M2M, MSS and 4G LTE applications.

    Maxtena provides antenna products and consulting services to businesses, the United States and foreign governments, and non-governmental organizations around the world. Their antenna products are ideally suited for portable wireless applications including satellite phones, military radios, hand-held navigation, GPS tracking, recreational devices and laptop computers. Their consulting services include feasibility studies, chamber testing and prototyping. For more information, visit

    About British Antarctic Survey
    British Antarctic Survey (BAS), a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. For more information visit

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