SkyTerra sat/cell hybrid, ooh-la-la
How’s about a module that can seamlessly communicate voice and data all around North America via either cellular or satellite radios, includes WiFi and GPS too, and can fit in a small handset or into a multifunction marine display? That’s what SkyTerra has in development, and apparently the company (formerly known as MSV) also has the first FCC license for such a sat/cell hybrid service, and hopes to soon launch two of the most powerful comms satellites ever…
We don’t know yet how quickly this system will pass data (and we’re getting so spoiled) or what it will cost. But SkyTerra did present at the October GMDSS meeting (where I learned how AIS is headed everywhere), and made it clear that it hoped to be a significant presence at least in the marine search and rescue community. I guess, too, that if one pokes around, there are other developments underway that might lead to what we want…reasonably priced, easy to use communications where ever we boat. If you know of one, please share.
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