Fishing is life for Adam LaRosa and the crews of his two charter fishing boats, the Canyon Runners, and they proudly call Point Pleasant, NJ home base. More often than not, the life of fishing takes Adam well outside of cell coverage when fishing off the coast of New Jersey from May – November and then off the coast of North Carolina from December – April. “We’re on the phone for 2 hours a day, sometimes communicating with home base. We rely on our Globalstar phones to conduct business when out on the water.” Both of Adam’s Canyon Runner sport fishing boats have a Globalstar mobile satellite phone mounted in the GIK-1700 Install Kit, allowing them to communicate while inside the boat. The install kit utilizes Globalstar’s pole-mounted marinized helix antenna that is installed on the top of the boat’s tower. “The external antenna gives us call clarity that is better than any of your competitors. We can call home to get fishing conditions, relay locations or, if need be, report any mechanical problems.”
Idfeat; May I ask why you believe "FCC is just giving Globalstar and partners a head start before imminent approval of TLPS anytime now"? We had testing in the past (Amazon, Chicago, Empire State Building, Long Island and Schools in DC and MA). Just curious.
We know that gsat is testing at a private DC middle school. In my opinion it is to expand the range to see the capabilities of tlps regarding e-rate. Maybe to determine how many hotspots of the 20k need to be set up per geographic location. Just an educated guess.
Jay Monroe - Executive Chairman & CEO
There is no significant provisions for Terrapin to get out of their commitment. But just in case there is some issue, then Thermo is there to backstop $30 million of the $75 million.
Kevin, one last point I'd like to make on the $75 million. We obviously want to have cash in the company, so that - and available on the best terms possible and used only when we need it in the company. But there are certainly some things of interest that could come out of this NPRM which would yield additional requirements for the company. I mean we just want to make certain that we have in fact a shelf there to handle those things promptly if opportunities present themselves.
CEO Jay Monroe on Q2 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
"The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pushed back its Sept. 1 deadline for providing schools funding for wireless and internet upgrades as part of the E-rate program, according to FedScoop. The new goal is to get the about $3.9 billion in promised funds distributed to schools across the U.S. by Sept. 24"
So could the end of Sept be our time?
Thanks for the DD eee. I thought the DoD wanted an American based secure sat communication. Any word if Uncle Vlad gave the pass to IRDM for the first launch?
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Uncle Vlad is no dope. He'll try to screw the USA any chance he can. How come we don't see this info in the mainstream press?
DecemberDnepr • Iridium Next 1 & 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Dombarovsky, Russia
An ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket will launch the first two satellites for the Iridium Next mobile communications satellite fleet. Delayed from June and October. [Aug. 17]
This is from the IRDM message board. Been doing some searching and can't seem to verify this or find the original source.
"The decision to conduct launches "Dnepr" - adapted ballistic missile RS-20 "Voivod" - takes over the Ministry of Defense, and then it is sanctioned by a separate decision of the government. According to a source familiar with the situation in the Russian Space Agency, the feasibility of launching satellites Iridium came because it provides communication services to the US military - so the State Department and the company itself have been requested official explanation of the purpose of the satellite. According to a source of "Izvestia", today the decision to hold the Iridium satellite launch is not accepted
Currently GSAT is testing in a private DC middle school. When I emailed asking for additional info from, the principal she responded that I should contact Ponder. I believe that Jay's closing statement was for all the testing, not just in DC.
The time to be excited in my opinion is when Wheeler starts a flurry of blogs, speeches and press conferences on the benefit of expanded E-Rate, emergency sat communications and wifi spectrum. That will be our cue on approval.
Per Jay at last CC. If they are "speak to them frequently" and now no ex-partes showing up I would assume the R & O is done. At least I hope so. ;^)
"And this is a quiet period in Washington generally, so it's a little bit quieter in our docket as well, but we do hope that it moves promptly from hereon up."
"Well, I don't know that anything is causing them to delay per se, but the complexities of the incentive auctions are substantial and it does involve things from the Wireless Bureau, as well as the Office of Engineering and Technology, as well as of course, the Commissioners themselves. So they're always things going on, but should they be able to slot us in and reach a conclusion on the TLPS matter, we certainly hope so."
"We know that they are trying, because we speak to them frequently, but there are things that compete for people's time. And there's no getting around it, that's just the reality. But, I hope that we're closing in on the end of the process. We're certainly doing everything that we possibly can daily to make sure that any information that they need they get and they get promptly and we hope that we're nearing the end."
So we can assume that the R & O is written since GSAT has not visited DC in awhile to push? I would assume that if we see another flurry of ex-partes then one of the commissioners wants something changed.