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Posted: 01/08/18 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Exciting times.


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Why does this thread show several new replies but a blank 2nd page. Were posts redacted or something else?


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Posted: 01/09/18 05:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Space X also just launched a top secret, likely billion dollar, satellite and it failed to reach orbit and is assumed lost. Space is a tough business!


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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2oldman wrote:

Latency (delay) has been a nagging problem for satellite service so far. Don't know if this system will be better, although these will be Leos.


The new systems use LEO (low Earth Orbit) Birds, the older ones Geo-Sync. so latency will be greatly improved with the new systems.

If you would like a "Sample" of the new systems there is an internet TV show I watch called Ham Nation.. Google it and watch a few episodes.

The show was founded by two Hams, one in California the other in the Ozarks. Bob Heil K8EID (Founder and CEO Heil Sound, member Rock and roll hall of Fame, Theater Organist) uses ViaSat to stream video both from the studio in California to his home base in the Mountains and back during the show. Multiple channels.

OF course he pays for "Additional bandwidth" but you can see how well it works.


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GordonThree wrote:

Why does this thread show several new replies but a blank 2nd page. Were posts redacted or something else?


I've noticed this in other threads, and wondered too. Maybe a mod will chime in.


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Posted: 01/09/18 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Internet from satellites in space is not unusual, as that has been available for quite some time if one can tolerate the latency issues.

What's off the charts you-gotta-be-kidding weird is Internet access beamed down to ground customers via access point equipment carried onboard commercial airliners flying randomly in the skies above us. To me, that is way more strange than even Internet and/or cellular service via balloons.

Now the trick is .... provide all this Internet service in a secure unhackable way. [emoticon]


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I've had satellite internet for two years. No issues. Reliable too. Also use it for our phone because the local supplier wanted $10,000 to install a landline to our home. In the north, infrastructure is aging and unreliable but the new satellite internet system that we have (Xplornet) is trouble-free.


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sue.t wrote:

I've had satellite internet for two years. No issues. Reliable too. Also use it for our phone because the local supplier wanted $10,000 to install a landline to our home. In the north, infrastructure is aging and unreliable but the new satellite internet system that we have (Xplornet) is trouble-free.


.....but not mobile......

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

.....but not mobile......


I'm guessing that some modern satellite voice phone models may now also have the capability for surfing the Internet either directly using the satellite phone and it's small video screen, or indirectly by tethering a laptop to the satellite phone.

At least it seems like this should now be available - but of course a lot of us cannot afford a satellite phone or it's monthly service charges even if the technology to do this is available. [emoticon]

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There are mobile satellite internet options available. I was simply clarifying that the service described was not available to mobile users.

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