Precisely Observed Last Demonstration And Reconnaissance Kit (POLDARK)
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Iridium 9575 Extreme: First Impression and Specs
The 9575 is not what kids would imagine a phone to look like today. Its appearance and weight is closer to the mid-90s versions of Nokia or Motorola phones. This particular version is dust- and spill-proof (as it is meant to be used outside with direct view to satellites) and covered in a sturdy rubber padding that prevents damage to the phone when it is dropped.
It has a monochrome display (no, it’s not a touch screen) that can show basic graphics, but will, 99 percent of the time, be used for text. The display can show up to 200 characters at once. The phone can text via SMS and supports short emails, has a phone book (up to 100 entries), voicemail, and a choice of eight ring and alert tones. Standby time is about 30 hours; talk time is up to 3.5 hours. These are very conservative numbers. I have seen standby times of up to 45 hours during my review of the phone. The entire phone is 140 x 60 x 27 mm in size, which is about as wide as an iPhone, but the 9575 is significantly longer than and three times as deep as Apple’s phone. It’s not the phone that hides itself in your suit pocket. The phone is even larger when you actually call, as it needs a massive satellite antenna that is pulled out of the shell.
Floating Orbital Globe Laser Enhanced Telemetry
Just a thought.
Also I had some ideas for a modification to LOHAN.
A lot of folks (cough ie most of UK/Europe/etc /cough) have satellite RX units, why not just have a very small low bandwidth 11.2 GHz 200uW TX module in an OCXO?
Anyone with the correct preset on their Freesat b0xen can then receive LOHAN telemetry as a simple screen as it goes past the FOV and if the signal is too weak they just get nothing.
Obviously you spell your sponsors' names correctly!
As in "REHAB is a Go For the LOHAN team!" Or "REHAB Gives OK for LOHAN flight."
And I don't need the RockBLOCK so give it to a deserving team member. But I still want to buy the original Kickstarter LOHAN mug.
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