And now please welcome President Abraham Lincoln.
Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I
press this button here? Function-F7?
No, that's not right. Hmmm. Maybe I'll have to reboot. Hold on a minute.
Um, my name is Abe Lincoln and I'm your president. While we're waiting, I want to thank Judge David Wills,
chairman of the committee supervising the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery.
It's great to be here, Dave, and you and the committee are doing a great
job. Gee, sometimes this new technology does have
glitches, but we couldn't live without it, could we? Oh - is it ready? OK, here we go:
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Table of Contents Gettysburg Cemetery Dedication
A 2008 study by Metatech found that the time required to obtain a replacement for any one of the 370 or so largest transformers in the United States was 3 years. In a solar superstorm that affects vulnerable areas of the entire world, delivery times could easily be much longer. The United States, which for many years had no capability to manufacture those transformers (and which is just now regaining that capability), will be at the end of a very long waiting line. Since such a expansion of transformer manufacturing capability requires a lot of electrical power, the capability cannot be developed after an electromagnetic catastrophe. The capability has to be developed before there is an actual critical need. In the past five years, two United States companies have begun the process of expanding into the large transformer business, but it will take a considerable length of time before a reasonable number of spare transformers can be manufactured.
In 1997, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU), recognizing the potential disparity in connectivity access, opened nearly 7 GHz of spectrum globally to connect the world through non-geostationary satellite systems. OneWeb’s license to utilize this capacity enables it to accomplish this through the use of a key enabling technology, developed by OneWeb and called “Progressive Pitch™”. This patent pending technology allows us to use this spectrum in the most efficient way by gradually and slightly tilting our satellites as they approach the equator to make sure we never cause, or receive, interference.