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Message no. 1
From: Tzeentch tzeentch666@*********.net
Subject: The Matrix: Satellite Factoids
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 23:06:54 -0800
Some factoids on satellite constellations

Commsats in GEO have a minimum half-second round-trip delay time. Hence the
use of LEO satellite constellations

About 9ms round trip from a LEO satellite.

Downlink speeds are 32x that of uplink speeds (at least for Teledesic

Some of the smaller networks (OrbComm) which are simply messaging systems
have bandwidths as low as 2400baud up and 4800baud down. Which is plenty for
even a 2060 pager.

Estimates for most constellations advertise they will cover nearly 100% of
the earths population and 95% of the landmass. Give or take a few percent.


"If some unemployed punk in New Jersey can get a casette to make love to
Elle McPherson for $19.95, this virtual reality stuff is going to make crack
look like Sanka."
-Dennis Miller

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