Vicki Warker, the vice president of marketing for O3b Networks, describes the unique celestial arrangement, known as a constellation, of O3b’s smaller MEO satellites. Unlike larger GEO satellites’ fixed positions in the sky, O3b’s constellation is in constant orbital movement around the equator.
On land, two antenna terminals perform an artfully choreographed dance of catch and release: as one satellite crests the horizon, the first antenna establishes contact and carries the signal while the second antenna picks up the signal after the satellite crosses a certain point in its descent. The first antenna then turns back toward the horizon, ready to catch the signal of the next passing satellite. With this dual antenna configuration, the virtual baton pass of signal is seamless and uninterrupted.
“It’s like a delicate ballet in the sky,” says Warker.
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