In most major and many minor
disasters you WILL LOSE your
• Landlines – PSTN, T1, T3, VoIP
• Cell phones – out or over burdened
• Radios – limited scope
LEO Satellite Footprint
• Orbiting periods:
90 to 120 min
• 400 - 2500 miles
• 10-20 min horizon
• 2.5% - 5% of earth surface
• Many satellites = global coverage
How it Works
6 Polar planes of 11 birds
16,832 mph – 100 minutes
Provides global coverage
Linked to four others
Has 48 spot beams
250 NM in diameter
Specific spot beams briefly support a
call – 10 minutes
2800 NM diameter
All spot beams overlap
Satellites hand off calls as required
S-Band degraded duplex functionality
Wait times for service
This is as bad as it will be
Simplex data works great
Satellite Personal Tracker
Has won multiple awards
120,000 since 11/07
$149, $99, $49, $8.95
New gateways, funding, SPoT
Up to 10 MB data rate
Great deals on hardware
Cheap/free, unlimited service
A NCILLARY TERRESTRIAL COMPONENT:
Terrestar – July 6, 500 spot beams, 60 ft.
Skyterra – launch late 2009
Globalstar – ATC part of new satellites
Cell calls over Satcom spectrum
GEO Satellite Footprint
• Most GEOs don’t cover poles
• 4 GEOS for near global coverage
• Voice signal - ¼ sec. for round trip
• Point and click
• Variety of applications
How it Works
Three I-4 satellites:
America, EMEA, Asia
Near global coverage
Global beam covers 1/3 of the earth
19 regional beams - Fleet, mar. mini-M
228 narrow spot beams
Each narrow beam has 630 channels
GMDSS - global maritime distress and safety services
Fleet: Broadband, 77, 55, 33, Phone
Swift Broadband and Swift 64
Land phone, land portable, ISAT
Comms on the move – BGAN 727
BGAN – up to 492k IP, 384k streaming
All flavors, all speeds
NOT having satellite phones is dangerous
People and assets are at risk
Communications are cut off
Coordination is near-impossible
How do you implement and run your
response plan absent reliable
So….are you REALLY prepared?
Satellite phones work when all else fails
Must be on site before the disaster
Solutions for you and your situation
Test, test, test, train, train, train
Include Satcom in your strategic budget
The Bottom line? BE PREPARED!
Where does Satcom fit into your plan?
What is the value of communications?
What are the most critical areas of your
What will keep them running?
Budgetary issues aside, what will you buy?
How will you test and train?
How will you make all of this this happen?
Who do you recruit at your organization?
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