9 posts • joined Thursday 10th January 2008 13:18 GMT
With the Iridium company having a bit of a cheqeured financial history and with spare Iridium satellites up there to replace the destroyed craft my spider sense suggests this could be an insurance job. The Iridium satellites are moveable and very expensive so you would think that the company would monitor anything in it's path, after all the satellite positions are known and predictable (www.heavens-above.com has most of them on file). Quick easy way to make millions if you ask me.
3G saved my sanity
I live in deepest darkest Cornwall and can't get ADSL due to Aluminium cables and distance from the exchange. I was stuck with one way satellite which really does suck. Not only do they have crippling caps and costs but you need to use dial up for your uplink and quite often I found the ACK signal for the incoming data was exceeding the dial up capability so you never acheived the full download speed potential! Then 3G came along and I've not looked back, I'm with "three" for £25 a month 7GB transfer a month. Admittedly the modem doesn't move and I guess the tower in a rural area doesn't get huge amounts of use but I find the speeds are pretty damn good, quite often downloading at over 100k/s.
I would say 'lifting' is simply a bonus with Merlins. Their main function is surveillance, recon and tracking. The kit they come with iterates this fact. Lets not forget the speed difference between a Chinook and a Merlin either. It's a bit like comparing a lear jet and a 747!
Still I agree with the lack of shopping around the government seems to do with any large purchase!
I'm down in darkest Cornwall and can't get ADSL at all, too far away from the exchange. I use a 3G modem from "Three" and I get really superb speeds all the time. The modem is set up on a headless PC in the loft (only place I get 3G signal!) to provide 24/7 access for my network and I rarely get dropped connections. I've been quite impressed so far, it's certainly an essential for me and I'd be back to crap satellite wihout it.
Never mind about faster, down here in Cornwall we could do with anything other than dial up! ADSL isn't available to a good portion of us rural folk mainly due to Aluminium cables, DAC's units and bodged cable runs!
I'm now on the 3G network and I think it may well be the easiest route to faster speeds.