R/V Neil Armstrong

The Ocean class research vessel, R/V Neil Armstrong, has 44 berths.

The vessel is a member of the US Academic Research Fleet and is operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); its home port is in Woods Hole, MA USA.


R/V Neil Armstrong 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 2015 HiSeasNet
Global Xpress Internet & Voice Sailor 100GX Ka-band 5 W 2048 2048 8192 4096 0% 2015 HiSeasNet
Sealink Plus Iridium CERTUS Out-of-band Management Sailor 4300 L-band 120 W best effort best effort 176 176 2020 Marlink (lease)
Sealink Premium Internet & Voice 9711 Ku-band nominal, C-band capable 250 W (C) 125 W (Ku) 4096 2048 8192 4096 2015 HiSeasNet