Safety & Communications Partner

The Rebelle Rally takes place in the Mojave Desert, one of the most remote and unforgiving corners of the United States, which is part of the event’s vast appeal. When it comes to communications between staff and competitors for logistics and potential emergencies at the world class event, that desolation becomes much less appealing. While cell phones are prohibited for competitors and of little use to the staff in these remote reaches, Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) ensures that communications are never an issue.

Iridium is the leader in global satellite communications, providing access to voice and data services anywhere on Earth. With its constellation of satellites, Iridium’s network connects people and devices in the world’s most remote places — and close to home. Iridium’s unique constellation architecture makes it the only network that provides truly global coverage. With communications solutions ranging from satellite phones to L-band broadband services, Iridium is trusted by mariners, pilots, humanitarians, first responders, governments, and of course, the Rebelle Rally.

“We have trusted Iridium® products since the rally’s inception,” explained Rebelle Rally founder Emily Miller, “because we will not cut corners when it comes to safety, communications and scoring. As the backbone of exceptional products, Iridium ensures we have a wide range of reliable solutions to meet our unique demands.”

The Rebelle staff and competitors rely on not only one or two types of Iridium products but a host of devices during the ten-day rally, which covers over 2,250 kilometers in Nevada and California.

2021 Iridium Enabled Products Used on the Rebelle Rally

— Iridium enabled ICOM push-to-talk (PTT) radios provide crisp, high-quality voice communications for course officials and media with results that no other product can match.

— Iridium 9555 satellite phones are provided to competitors for emergencies and communications with the rally supported by Iridium partner Roadpost.

Yellow Brick trackers utilizing Iridium’s data network are mounted to all competitor and course vehicles for tracking purposes.

— Handheld Yellow Brick units relying on Iridium technology are used by competitors to signal checkpoints that populate the real-time scoring system.

— Iridium Certus® service over Thales MissionLink units provides the Internet connection for the scoring and competition team when cellular access is unavailable.

— Iridium satellite service provides the data for increased tracking frequency (a key component for scoring and safety), vehicle telemetry, and voice communications.