VSAT SATELLITE SYSTEM (‘TELEPRESENCE’ UNIT)

Organisation & Address:

The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, Inc.
PO Box 417, Mystic, CT USA 06355

Infrastructure Web site address:
Area of Operation:

Available to all locations

Max No of EF+ Days:
14

Technical Detail

Description of the Infrastructure:

One Sea Tel 9711QOR VSAT 2.4-meter satellite system, housed on top of its 20-foot container, will be provided during an oceanographic mission. Its purpose is to offer “telepresence” capabilities. Telepresence allows data from the vessel and a ROV to be transmitted in real time via satellite to anyone with an internet connection. There are only a handful of organizations, mostly US-based, that currently have this capability. Other equipment provided includes a spectrum analyser, modems, Ethernet switch, router, cabling, laptops, racks, and other equipment as necessary.

The VSAT’s purpose is to offer “telepresence” capabilities to oceanographic missions. Telepresence allows data from a ROV to be transmitted in near real time via satellite to anyone with an internet connection. Thus, missions can be watched by other researchers, policymakers, and the general public by tuning into a specific website. This allows for unlimited shore-side participants to be involved in the mission and is more cost effective than sending people to sea.

Vessel Capabilities:

Vessel must be large enough to accommodate a 20’ (6m) ISO container in a location that has a significant visual access to the sky. There cannot be any significant obstacles obstructing that view. Vessel will need deck space ~ 21’ x 9’ (7m x 4m) with the ability to secure the 20’ (6m) ISO container to the deck using baxter bolts (or equivalent) and chain binders. The vessel will need to provide crane capabilities for loading and unloading the system in port during mobilization and demobilization. The ship will need to provide clean power. Input voltage can be 240V, 450V or 480V single phase. 10KVA is plenty.

Special Features

N/a

Suitable For

System should be utilized in conjunction with a medium to large size ROV system with HD cameras, capable of supporting a major science and/or exploration mission

Any other information of relevance

N/a

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users

Shipping to port, mobilization/demobilization, all necessary engineers for setup and operation.

Infrastructure availability by location and by year/time of year for EF+:

Year

Location

Availability by Month

2020

Wherever needed

Any month but minimum 6 months’ notice

2021

Wherever needed

Any month but minimum 6 months’ notice

2022

Wherever needed

Any month but minimum 6 months’ notice

Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator at David.lovalvo@tgfoe.org