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Comment Re:One really has to wonder... (Score 1) 195

While much of the satellite coverage is from geostationary satellites which have drifted out of their normal orbit and thus give partial coverage for a small window each day, the Iridium satellites provide 24 hour coverage. The Iridium links are pretty low-bandwidth, so they're not useful for shipping large amounts of data, but they're useable for phone calls.

I write software for a physics experiment based at the South Pole, and I got a call from there to my home phone just a few days ago, regarding some problems the winter-overs were having. I was a bit confused when I picked up, because the call showed up on caller ID as something like "U.S. Government (Hawaii)".

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