R3 Flyaway Kits (FLAKs).
R3 Communication FLAKs
Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):
How much does a flyaway kit cost?
Depends on features and components, whether BGAN or VSAT based, and depends on level of customization, but a basic communication FLAK is under $15,000.
What is the coverage area of the "wifi cloud" of a communication flak?
A basic FLAK has 9 WiFi Access Points, each with coverage circumference of 300 meters, but all overlap creating the "wifi mesh" or "wifi cloud".
CAN THE FLYAWAY KITS BE CHECKED IN AS AIRLINE BAGGAGE?
Yes, We design most FLAKs to weigh under 70 pounds(32Kg) so they can be checked as baggage. A few of the large kits may weigh up to 99 pounds (45 Kg). Note that extra baggage may be charged for items over 23 Kg (depending on your ticket and carrier conditions)
how many communications flaks are there?
We create customized communication FLAK models for individual customer requirements. Three sample specifications:
- R3 Emergency Communication Kit or ECK is a L Band, BGAN based flyaway kit solution, for small teams of 3-5 users, single WiFi Access Point with 100 meter WiFi cloud around device, temporary quick deploy solution while awaiting VSAT based FLAKs to arrive);
- R3 Tactical Communication Kit or TCK is a Ka, Ku, or X Band VSAT based flyaway kit solution that creates a self forming, self healing mesh with 9 WiFi Access Points that overlap with at least 1.5 mbps up/down Internet access speeds), flat rate unlimited use bandwidth service, coverage area about the size of a complete 18 hole golf course.
- R3 Multinode Communication Kit or MCK is a VSAT based flyaway kit solution that creates a self forming, self healing mesh with 18 WiFi Access Points and additional Air Fiber point-to-multipoint wireless bridges for expansion of more WiFi clouds up to 15-20 km away, features up to 5 mbps kup/down Internet access speeds, flat rate unlimited use bandwidth service, can be expanded to cover small village or multiple "WiFi hotspots".
what are the advantages or disadvantages of ku versus ka versus c band service with the VSAT flyaway kit solutions?
- C Band: performs better in tropical rain and in other heavy atmospheric conditions vs Ku and Ka bands.
- C Band requires a larger terminal (1.2 meter up to 3 meter) and more powerful amplifier (BUC).
- Ka is common for cost effective commercial services across the USA, Europe and parts of Africa, less coverage over SE Asia and the Pacific. Small antenna <1.2 m, can deliver data rates of up to 30 Mbps
- Ku most common service, 1-5 mbps typical Internet data rates, susceptible to rain fade in tropical rainy conditions, terminals less than one meter up to 2.4 meters for tactical systems.
what components of the flaks require monthly service fees?
- Monthly service fees will apply for the VSAT service (flat monthly unlimited usage typically), the satellite phone service, and the optional SPOT blue force tracking system subscription.
- BGAN service fees are per-megabyte-used versus flat monthly fees. Expensive for the service, inexpensive for the BGAN equipment.
what are the three types of vsat terminals based on time to set up and deploy?
- Auto-Deploy, automatically acquires and locks on to satellite within 5 minutes of set up. Expensive solution ($30,000 to $80,000), ideal for highly tactical missions where the VSAT terminal must be moved at a moment's notice.
- Quick-Deploy, requires some manual intervention during the satellite aiming process, acquires and locks on to satellite within 15-30 minutes. Mid-priced ($15,000 to $25,000).
- Manual-Deploy, an inexpensive (under $1000) manually bolted together, 1-3 meter terminal that is meant to be permanently mounted on the ground or roof of building. Takes at least one hour to set up and acquire satellite signal.