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LONGITUDE Expedition Team SAT-LINK Conference Calls Held Monthly
Upland, Calif., (November 9, 2003) -Can you hear me now?

The LONGITUDE Expedition team has a new techno-geek capability.

The Drive Around the World team will be hosting monthly conference calls via satellite throughout the LONGITUDE Expedition. This capability, called the LONGITUDE Expedition Team Sat-Link, is being provided by Iridium ("One System, Globally"), and WebEx ("Driving the next wave of business communications through online meetings and Web conferencing").

SAT-LINK FAQ

Who can call in? Members of the media, supporters, family, friends. The team will deliver a ten-minute field briefing and use the remaining time to take questions.

How do I call in? Check the Drive Around the World Pressroom the morning of each conference for dial-in number and conference code.

When do calls take place? LONGITUDE Expedition Team SAT-LINK conferences are held on the third Tuesday of every month.

November 18, 2003 (first call)
December 16, 2003
January 20, 2004
February 17, 2004
March 16, 2004
April 20, 2004
May 18th, 2004
June 15, 2004
July 20th, 2004
Aug 17th, 2004 (last call)

What time? 11:am Pacific Standard Time. 2:pm EST

How long will calls last? The conference will last about 45-minutes.

"Thanks to communications sponsors, the team is able to maintain our web site, check email, coordinate visits, and communicate with media and followers in innovative ways. Companies like Iridium, Telenor, Marlink, and Thrane & Thrane provide our team with a mobile office that's every bit as capable as our headquarters back home," said Nick Baggarly, expedition leader and Drive Around the World founder.

Corporate sponsorships make this capability possible.

"Iridium is pleased to provide satellite voice and data communications to the LONGITUDE Expedition. We're glad we can help the team communicate with those who can further their cause" said Will Kraus of Iridium.

"Immediate and reliable global communications are an essential requirement to the LONGITUDE Expedition and the team members. Telenor and Marlink are excited to be part of the LONGITUDE support team as they drive the globe to raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease," noted Tom Surface, spokesperson for Telenor Satellites Services and Marlink.

Established in 2002, with headquarters in Los Gatos California, Drive Around the World is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to inspire a sense of adventure and the tradition of exploration, encouraging people to actively learn about our world and creatively act to understand the humanitarian and environmental problems we face. Drive Around the World press releases and electronic photos of the LONGITUDE expedition are available on-line in the pressroom section of www.drivearoundtheworld.com.