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Phones: Terre Star

Postby RYP » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:07 pm

http://www.terrestar.com/

anyone used one of these?
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby AztecDave » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:44 am

ryp,

the link dinna work.
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby JITW » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:46 am

Well the company's website is down so that should pretty much be your answer


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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby thewalrus » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:13 am

RYP wrote:http://www.terrestar.com/

anyone used one of these?


useless unless you're in north america, really.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TerreStar-1

the company responsible for it recently went bankrupt. they're trying to find a new market in M2M (machine to machine) communications. an iridium phone or inmarsat isatphone are vastly preferable alternatives.

it's a nice L-band satellite, capability wise, but the handhelds are junk and don't offer anything you can't get with truly global coverage from a proper satellite phone.

now they're trying to recycle its L-band earth-to-space spectrum which was licenced by the FCC for terrestrial earth-to-earth broadband communications. the management team behind dish network has some plans in that direction, similar to what lightsquared tried.
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby gnaruki » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:36 am

Wait. Satellites are for sale?
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby thewalrus » Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:04 am

yes, geostationary satellites do occasionally change ownership after launch and commissioning. for example GE-23:

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=G ... fox-aurora

or protostar-1, the company which purchased it and launched it went bankrupt, it was purchased by intelsat later.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=p ... fox-aurora

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProtoStar

since it costs about a minimum of $150 million to launch a satellite, and they last for an average 13-18 years, it's entirely possible for a company to go belly-up during that time and the satellite to change ownership at a later date.
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby Mikethehack » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:30 pm

thewalrus wrote:protostar-1, the company which purchased it and launched it went bankrupt


It wouldn't have gone bust (pun intended) if it had been called Pornostar-1
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby thewalrus » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:40 pm

Mikethehack wrote:
thewalrus wrote:protostar-1, the company which purchased it and launched it went bankrupt


It wouldn't have gone bust (pun intended) if it had been called Pornostar-1


well, it was located directly over indonesia, a nation of 300 million people.... so, 150 million males, a significant portion of which must be sex crazed teenagers. unfortunately the average indonesian does not have a credit card to sign up for a $10/month subscription porno site yet.
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Re: Phones: Terre Star

Postby gnaruki » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:14 pm

scabbywangs? I mean scalawags?
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