So I see that in the last few days there have been two launches of Idridium Next satelite's - the deployment of the new array is well underway:
But the question that perhaps every cruiser wants to know:
1. Is there existing hardware
still compatiable? (I think I read somewhere the answer is yes - but don't quote me on that).
2. What data speeds will be available to the cruising community?
I may take my boat
off shore in 18 months and had lined up a Pactor
P4 - but given the changing landscape I may very well wait and see how this works out.
The constellation will provide L-band data speeds of up to 128 kbit/s to mobile terminals, up to 1.5 Mbit/s to Iridium
OpenPort class terminals and high-speed Ka band service
of up to 8 Mbit/s to fixed/transportable terminals. [From Wikipedia]
From above if a L-band terminal is a IridiumGo or similar handset I will be very happy with 128kbit/s
Anyone have any more information?