R/V Blue Heron

The Coastal/Local class research vessel, R/V Blue Heron, has 11 berths.

The vessel is a member of the US Academic Research Fleet and is operated by University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD); its home port is in Duluth, MN USA.


R/V Blue Heron during commissioning

Internet and Voice systems

All Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Maximum Information Rate (MIR) units are in Kilobits Per Second (kbps).

When planning, one should plan for the CIR. MIR throughput typically only happens over a few seconds and should generally not be expected to last for very long.

Since most people tend to think in terms of MegaBytes, note that one MegaByte is 8192 kilobits.

Service System(s) Purpose Radome Frequency BUC Power CIR shore-to-ship CIR ship-to-shore MIR shore-to-ship MIR ship-to-shore Blockage (%) Circa Owner
Fleet Xpress FleetBroadband backup Internet & Voice Sailor 500 L-band 150 W best effort best effort 432 432 HiSeasNet
Global Xpress Internet & Voice Intellian GX100HP Ka-band 10 W 2048 2048 8192 4096 2020 HiSeasNet