Lykes Ship Sends Data By Satellite-Phone Hookup

Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., New Orleans, La., recently demonstrated a reliable, inexpensive method of transmitting data at medium speed from ship to shore via satellite and regular telephone lines.

Lykes made repeated transmissions between one of its ships, the Cygnus, and shore on a recent voyage as part of a Maritime Administration-sponsored program. Lykes is the first company to participate in such a satellite- telephone ship data transmission for which technical results are being published.

The ship-shore data communication can be used to transmit cargo and payroll information and vessel performance information.

Two Lykes ships, the Cygnus and the Lyra, are participating in the Advanced Maritime Com- munications Technology Joint Research and Development Project.

The project is sponsored by the Council of American-Flag Ship Operators (CASO) as part of the Maritime Administration's fleet management technology program.

ARINC Research Corp. of Annapolis, Md., is a subcontractor to CASO on the project.

One of the project's objectives has been to establish a reliable, inexpensive, medium-speed data connection between ships and their home offices using INMARSAT'S satellites, ships equipped with satellite antennae, and public switched telephone lines.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 21,  Jan 15, 1983

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