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NEW – Video Outlining Teledesic's Vision for the Future

Select from the links below to view a streaming video presentation that describes the history, goals and services of Teledesic's global network, as well as our exciting relationship with New ICO.

Windows Media Player 5Mbps version

Real Player 1.17Mbps version

QuickTime 30Mbps*, 160x120 version


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Visualizations of the Teledesic Network

The unique advantages of Teledesic’s Internet-in-the-Skytmsatellite constellation are sometimes easiest to express with images. The video clips below provide several different perspectives of the Teledesic Network and demonstrate how the satellites seamlessly transfer data from one corner of the world to another.

View the satellite system from a global perspective, or follow the coverage of just a few satellites. Watch data pass through Teledesic’s optical inter-satellite links, or see a close-up of an individual satellite.

Each animation is available in several formats and file sizes. If you don’t have the software necessary to view AVI or QuickTime files, click on the external links at the bottom of the page to download the free software.

Teledesic Constellation
The Teledesic Network will consist of 288 operational satellites, divided into 12 planes with 24 satellites each. As the satellites orbit north-to-south and south-to-north, the Earth rotates beneath them.

Large version, 2.2 MB, 10.4 minutes over a 28.8 Kbps modem
Small version, 95 KB, 26 seconds over a 28.8 Kbps modem

North Pole Animation
Satellites in adjacent planes travel in the same direction except at the constellation "seams," where ascending and descending portions of the orbit overlap.

View from the side. 536 KB, 2.5 minutes over a 28.8 Kbps modem
View from the "top," 689 KB, 3.2 minutes over a 28.8 Kbps modem

Optical Inter-Satellite Links
Optical links allow each satellite in the constellation to communicate with its neighbors. Through these inter-satellite links, data can be sent anywhere in the world.

AVI High Quality, 531 k
AVI Low Quality, 135 k
QuickTime High Quality, 635 k
QuickTime Low Quality, 128 k

High Quality of Service
Multiple satellites overhead ensure a high look angle, excellent redundancy and a strong reliable system – which all add up to high quality of service. This animation shows the extensive coverage over Europe as a satellite communicates to a user on the ground.

AVI High Quality, 326 k
AVI Low Quality, 95 k
QuickTime High Quality, 431 k
QuickTime Low Quality, 86 k

Teledesic Satellite Image
JPEG, 41 KB, 7 seconds over a 28.8 Kbps modem

Satellite model
Explore a model of the satellite. Using your arrow keys, this QuickTime VR allows you to view the satellite in three dimensions.
QuickTime, 3.4 MB

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