Scientists in the Arctic region get fast internet for the first time thanks to a new satellite connection that is one hundred times faster than before
- New satellites with a low orbit provide fast internet for Arctic researchers
- The connection was made to scientists from the MOSAiC research expedition
- Internet speeds are more than a hundred times faster than previously available
Life for researchers in the Arctic has become somewhat more convenient with the recent arrival of fast internet connections, a first for the region.
The connections come from tech startup Kepler, which operates two specially designed satellites in the region that deliver connections that are more than a hundred times faster than previously available.
Kepler announced that it had delivered verified speeds of 120 Mbps uplink and 38 Mbps downlink to the German research vessel Polarstern.
Arctic researchers on the MOSAiC expedition (pictured above) have access to fast internet for the first time thanks to the new satellite technology from Kepler
Polarstern is home to the MOSAiC expedition, a one-year project to collect data on the effects of global warming on the Arctic.
The expedition is manned by hundreds of researchers from 19 countries.
Using the fast data connection, the MOSAiC investigator can transfer data from the ship to shore research stations and, according to a Kepler statement, improve his ability to share, analyze and disseminate information.
The internet access is provided via two satellites with a low orbit of the Earth in an orbit around the Arctic and offer constant coverage and speeds that are more than a hundred times faster than what would otherwise be available.
The year-long MOSAiC expedition takes place on the German ship Polestern (top left), which passed a Russian research ship in October
& # 39; The high polar regions are the last borders of the world where up to now no high-bandwidth data connections could be made & # 39 ;, said MOSAiC researcher Markus Rex in a statement.
"With Kepler's new Global Data Service, we can now return bulk data, including important data files for monitoring the status of instruments together with experts at home. This will contribute to the success of MOSAiC. & # 39;
Numerous attempts have been made to provide super-fast internet access to the Arctic, but logistical problems have turned out to be too expensive.
Entrepreneur Elizabeth Pierce raised more than $ 250 million to fund a transArctic cable to deliver fast internet to the region and other remote locations, including Greenland, Alaska and parts of Japan.
Pierce later pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud and eight counts of aggravated identity theft, after it was discovered that she had forged signatures on many of the contracts used to obtain financing for the project.
HOW DOES SATELLITE INTERNET WORK?
An internet provider converts an internet signal into radio waves.
The radio waves are then sent from a large gateway antenna to a satellite in orbit.
The satellite transmits that radio wave signal to a small satellite dish installed at home or in the workplace.
That small satellite dish then converts the radio waves into a usable internet signal that is sent to a modem at home or at the office.
The modem distributes that internet signal to a router, making the internet feed available for multiple local devices, wirelessly or via Ethernet.
Devices can also be connected directly to the modem.
Satellite Internet access uses radio waves to transmit data to orbiting satellites around the Earth and then back to customers in remote locations
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