Satellite brings Australia's World Solar Car Challenge to the Global Stage

Monday 30 October 2017


Satellite was used to live stream interviews and backhaul action video clips of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team as they competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – a 3,000 km solar car race across the Australian outback from October 8 to October 12, 2017.

Newtec, Network Innovations, VRT Sandbox and Pacific Live Media are working closely together to provide the team with anytime/anywhere satellite communications.

Who is the Solar Team?

Twenty-one students form the basis of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team!
They want to fulfill 4 main goals as a non-profit:

  •     The promotion of renewable energy.
  •     Generate interest among youngsters for science and technology.
  •     Promotion of advanced technologies.
  •     Facilitate and encourage entrepreneurship.
Connecting the Team

At previous editions of the race, communication was limited to providing small video clips. Transmission of these clips was a very time-consuming process, as it included driving up to 100 miles away to find a broadband connection!

“Thanks to the IP satellite solution provided by Newtec, Network Innovations, Pacific Live Media and VRT Sandbox, we can now go online and live stream on Facebook from wherever we are, daily."
Thierry Garritsen, spokesperson at the Punch Powertrain Solar Team.


“We are delighted to bring together all the companies taking part to provide a solution which will allow the Punch Powertrain Solar Team to share this unique experience with their fans, friends, families and their partners when it happens, wherever it happens.”
Hans Massart, Market Director of Broadcast at Newtec