Martin is a photographer and journalist working with immersive and interactive storytelling in virtual reality. Combining in-depth reporting with new technology, he is committed to telling important stories in new and immersive ways. His clients include media like National Geographic, The Guardian and The New York Times and humanitarian organizations such as UNDP and International Rescue Committee.
Thuraya provides vital communication links for groundbreaking survey of remote cave systems in Kyrgyzstan
Thuraya technology has enabled a geological expedition team to map and survey a previously uncharted area of secluded mountains in Central Asia in a bid to discover new cave systems previously unknown to humankind. A team equipped with Thuraya satellite phones and broadband was led by the Swedish National Geographic Explorer Martin Edström. They collaborated with experts from Kyrgyzstan’s University of Bishkek to locate and map the caves in the southeast of the country near the border with China. “We literally could not have completed this project in the Tian Shan mountains without the help of Thuraya,” says Martin. “The area is so remote there is no cellular coverage and two-way radio only works over short distances due to the mountains and valleys. Our Thuraya satellite equipment and the super-reliable Thuraya network were essential for running the project, keeping our team safe and staying in contact with the team back home.”