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Subject: SkyNet 5??
NotUkOnly    3/10/2007 1:06:47 PM
Anybody Know much about this and what it can achieve?? Thx
 
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Yimmy       3/10/2007 1:08:47 PM
The end of mankind?
 
 
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NotUkOnly       3/10/2007 1:10:17 PM
Wrong Movie!!
That was just Skynet  LOL



 
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Armchair Private       3/11/2007 10:18:45 AM

Anybody Know much about this and what it can achieve??
Thx

Only what I've read in the papers and elsewhere, but basically they're military communications sattelites designed to resist electronic and physical attack. They provide secure sattelite communications to the UK armed forces, and we can rent bandwidth to our allies.
Only need two to cover the world but they've bought three so one's spare, they replace Skynet 4 so it's not a new capability other than that the bandwidth on these is presumably orders of magnitude better than the last lot. better for UAVs and UCAVs particularly maybe, but thats speculation.
 
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Padfoot       3/12/2007 9:09:24 AM
Why would a coastal fleet need this?
 
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AdamB       3/12/2007 3:27:04 PM
It means that not only have the British got the world's most advanced warship but they've also got the world's most advanced communications system.
 
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AdamB       3/12/2007 3:30:38 PM

British satellite blasts off12th March 2007

The British military's communications satellite has blasted off into space after a last-minute glitch delayed its launch by 24 hours.

The Ariane rocket carrying Skynet 5A, part of a £3.6 billion British armed forces programme, had been set to take off from the European spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana last night.

But because of concerns about the launchpad's "water deluge" system, the blast-off was abandoned after a 33-minute launch window expired.

 

Ariane rockethttp://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/03_01/SkyNetLaunchG_468x315.jpg" width=468 border=1>

Lift off: The Ariane rocket launches

Engineers carried out checks today and the rocket successfully left the ground at 9.55pm last night.

A live internet link relayed the events at Kourou around the world on the website.

The countdown clock was stopped yesterday with just seven minutes to go before the start of the launch window after experts detected the problem.

The deluge system is designed to pump out million of gallons of water at the moment of take-off to cool the launchpad and deaden vibrations to protect the cargo on board.

 

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/03_01/SkynetESA_228x307.jpg" width=228 border=1> 
The final preparations took place in Kourou
 
 
The hi-tech satellite system, which designers say is the best of its type in the world, will provide the British military with a new generation of secure communications links.
 
The Skynet 5 programme promises a five-fold improvement in performance over the existing Skynet 4 "constellation" of four satellites currently used by the Ministry of Defence to communicate with commanders around the world.
A second satellite, Skynet 5B, is set to be launched in the second half of this year and a "spare", Skynet 5C next year.
All three satellites have been made by Astrium, with the key technology made in Portsmouth and Stevenage.
The system was developed under a Private Finance Initiative between the Ministry of Defence and British company Paradigm.
As well as the Skynet craft, the rocket is also carrying India's INSAT 4B civilian telecommunications satellite.
 
dailymail.co.uk
 
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badger       3/16/2007 9:30:45 PM

It means that not only have the British got the world's most advanced warship but they've also got the world's most advanced communications system.


Oh come on Adam, wind it in! It's nice to see your enthusiasm for these boards, but can't you cut down on these kinds of statements just a tad? As a fellow Brit they don't half get embarrasing after a while.
Skynet 5 = a very welcome improvement, and a significant increase in capapbility? - Yes. The world's most advanced communications system? - I doubt it somehow! (I can assure that my wife and her mates will circulate gossip at a rate that puts Skynet 5 to shame!)
 
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Yimmy       3/16/2007 10:49:56 PM

It means that not only have the British got the world's most advanced warship but they've also got the world's most advanced communications system.


The South Korean new air-warfare destroyers they are now recieving put the Type 45 to shame in a big way.

 
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Padfoot       3/17/2007 4:12:51 AM




It means that not only have the British got the world's most advanced warship but they've also got the world's most advanced communications system.




The South Korean new air-warfare destroyers they are now recieving put the Type 45 to shame in a big way.

Those South Korean destroyers are very impressive, indeed the entire South Korean military is impressive.

You have to wonder how they do it with an economy less than half the size of Britain's and with a defence budget of about one third the size of Britain's?

 Maybe we should build the new carriers in South Korea.

 
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flamingknives       3/17/2007 4:16:29 AM
I would guess that S. Korea's military has the same advantages of the Israeli military. No expeditionary component. 
 
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