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nasimson
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10/30/2014 | 10:38:13 PM
another Iradium?
Its one of the most forward looking articles I have read in recent times. Truly inspirational. It has the potential to trip status quo if it proves successful in any part of the world. But even if it happens its decades away. I hope it has a different fate than Iradium.
Steve Saunders
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10/23/2014 | 3:55:08 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
ONE FOR FUN

Drone Racing!!!

http://digg.com/video/racing-drones-through-a-forest-feels-a-lot-like-the-star-wars-speeder-chase

(Thanks sylvie!)

 
R Clark
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10/21/2014 | 9:21:34 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
Teledesic was a Craig McCaw project broadband satellite project that got killed off in the early 2000s after the collapse of the telephony satellite projects (Iridium, Globalstar, ICO) and with the arrival of mass DSL broadband.
Steve Saunders
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10/21/2014 | 4:52:33 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
seems like they were forever herding the journalists around with their giant, heavy shitphones 
Liz Lloyd
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10/21/2014 | 4:32:32 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
Reading this article triggered a memory of a company in the late 90s that talked about fibre speed via satellite. Does anyone know what happened to Teledesic?
R Clark
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10/21/2014 | 2:31:18 AM
Re: Skynet Business Case
I was at a Motorola event at Schaumberg in 1999 where the PR people shepherded us outside to try the Iridium phones. You could see even they were thinking WTF.
Steve Saunders
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Steve Saunders,
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10/20/2014 | 4:42:10 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
Iridium 

for when you leave our village, to go to the next farm 
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10/20/2014 | 3:14:58 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
Yes, Iridium phones were unable to work inside, or even in cars, or even under trees.  I was at ADL when we were testing them for the technical DD, and had some early phones.  In order to try them, we had to go outside and avoid the trees, so we'd have a clear shot to the sky.  This however inspired a marketing slogan that alas the Iridium folks never picked up on.

Iridium: For people who are out standing in their fields.

 
Steve Saunders
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Steve Saunders,
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10/20/2014 | 2:42:45 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
Seven, got it. Thanks for the clarification.  

 

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10/20/2014 | 12:28:18 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case
Hi Steve,

In general, I agree with your point...but...

What I actually wrote was that the Drones would cost $100M to Manufacture and likely require something like $20M annually to get new ones to replace failures.  The numbers are an absolute guess and are meant to be an order of mangitude type calculation.

However, as far as I can tell you will need an extensive backhaul buildout which won't cost much less than the backhaul of a terrestrial network.

I wasn't trying to imply a real world operating cost and I could be off by a factor of 10 or so.

seven

 
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