Saturday, August 19, 2006

Until now, this is what was meant by a mobile VSAT ....

We came across one of the other Strong Angel participants doing a practice set up today. Mounting a small autopoint Ku band antenna on a Hummer 4x4 is a very valid approach for domestic US disasters, but not a very cost effective solution for an overseas disaster in the tropics, where typically a 2.4 meter C band antenna would be needed, and deployments are typically more static and for longer periods.

By contrast, we had two of the GATR 2.4m inflatable dishes in roller cases in the trunk of our hire car today, along with other equipment that we were positioning for the start of the demonstration. Pictures to follow.
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