The Skycasters Commitment to Disaster Recovery Continues

In the face of disaster, sustaining channels for communication can be critical. Emergency response teams must give instruction, exchange logistical information, and provide key updates to ensure recovery efforts can proceed. Yet traditional ground communication may be compromised as a result of a disaster, and repairing these channels is often the last thing any response team wants to deal with given the more pressing responsibilities at hand. That’s why disaster recovery communication solutions, like the satellite internet equipment and service plans we offer at Skycasters, have been of such benefit to emergency responders over the years.

 This year’s International Disaster Conference and Expo, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, was a great reminder of why at Skycasters, we continue to remain committed to advancing disaster recovery solutions. The IDCE is an annual conference of public and private industry leaders that meet to discuss a variety of disaster-related topics, including global and homeland security, emergency response and management, and business continuity. We joined industry leaders in discussing everything from building resiliency in business, to open data, to innovation in disaster technology. This meeting of the minds allowed us to gain new perspectives, explore other areas of disaster recovery, and exchange ideas with industry peers. Ultimately the 2015 IDCE conference, which featured a keynote speech from former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, underscored why our commitment to disaster recovery plans is crucial to emergency response operations, and why the services we offer remain at the forefront of this field.

Additionally, our attendance at the IDCE reaffirmed that the ability to quickly deploy mobile satellite communications from any location, be it in a city flooded from a hurricane or a rural town damaged by a severe storm, is invaluable.  Satellite internet presents a particularly suitable solution for sustaining communication during emergency situations because satellite service isn’t affected by events that happen on earth. If there’s a disaster of any magnitude, be it an earthquake, hurricane, or tornado, satellite service will remain intact thanks to our reliance on extraterrestrial technology.

Even if an organization’s existing satellite equipment on the ground is compromised due to physical damage and destruction, we make high-speed internet connection possible with a variety of hardware satellite solutions for rent, including a state-of-the-art turnkey mobile satellite trailer. These mobile trailers are specifically designed for expedient set up in any location. Business-grade and highly durable, trailers can be towed behind any vehicle and successfully launched by even the most novice of users. In other words, all that’s needed is the trailer itself, and from there, responders will have access to wireless internet at any disaster location.

Often emergency response teams find they need more than just access to wireless internet; to efficiently operate a recovery command center, things like cell service, voice over internet protocol, fax machines, two-way radio communications, and the need to share a satellite dish among multiple users are required. That’s why our mobile satellite trailers provide each of these features to ensure that those hard at work on the ground aren’t limited by a lack of resources.

Disaster recovery plans can also include use of even more portable satellite equipment, like our turn-key Flyaway package that’s less than 1 meter in size to fit in any vehicle. Built with the same user-accessibility in mind, communication can also be set up in less than 10 minutes; the Flyaway electronic and antenna packages include a broadband wireless router, satellite modem and router, and 3w or 6w BUC.

Creating an effective disaster recovery plan can be a daunting endeavor, especially for those unfamiliar with all of the options at hand for convenient, quality service. To make this planning experience a little easier, Skycasters sales engineers are available to assess and discuss your needs and make appropriate recommendations for either rental equipment or one of our various service plans. We’ve helped some of the largest emergency response organizations in the country, including FEMA, the Red Cross, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Army Corp of Engineers, find optimal solutions for their disaster recovery communications.

As always, the International Disaster Conference and Expo reminds us that while there can be many challenges when attempting to effectively respond to a disaster, communication doesn’t have to be one of them.

Access information about all of the Skycasters disaster recovery equipment, solutions and service plans or speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives directly at 1-800-268-8653.

Skycasters to focus on communications for mining operations at SME in Denver

With energy exploration becoming more and more competitive, the need for communications that can keep pace has never been greater. Whether you’re after coal, gas, oil, minerals or other aggregates, you need rock solid communications. That’s why Skycasters will be attending the 2015 SME show in Denver February 15-18, Booth #945


At Skycasters, we understand that productivity is everything when you’re out in the field. That means you need communications that are reliable at all times. Skycasters offers premium, low-latency, broadband satellite Internet communications capable of supporting all our communications needs. That includes VoIP, phone, fax, email and more. We even provide real-time streaming well data and SCADA monitoring using our secure VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and Private Networks boasting encryptions levels that satisfy the most security-conscious federal agencies. We can even segment your traffic with solutions based on satellite Super VPNs and data collocation.


Of course, with mining operations, sites are often on the move, meaning terrestrial-based solutions are out of the question. Once again, Skycasters has you covered, with satellite-based Internet solutions that provide the reliable connection you need, even if you’re hundreds of miles from headquarters. From stationery to turnkey mobile solutions—like our MST Mobile Satellite Trailer and Fold Down Nomad—you can take reliable communications wherever the job takes you.


In fact, there’s so much to talk about when it comes to our solutions for oil, gas and mining operations—including the industry’s only Committed Information Rate (CIR), rugged hardware solutions for a variety of environments, and 24-hour technical support—that you really need to see us at SME Booth #945. Find out what it means to work with an Internet Service Provider that gives you confidence from the ground up. See you a mile-high!

Show Details for the 2014 National Hurricane Conference

2014 National Hurricane Conference – Show Recap

In Orlando, Florida last week, hundreds of people from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and other countries turned out for the 2014 National Hurricane Conference. Each year, the convention is held for industry professionals to discuss the best ways to mitigate hurricane damage while improving disaster recovery and emergency response times during the aftermath of these major storms.

“While Disaster Recovery Journal’s Spring World a few weeks ago was focused on resiliency and preparation, the NHC focused on rebuilding in the aftermath of a disaster,” recalls Skycasters Director of Sales and Marketing, James “Skip” Anderson. “We were approached by companies ranging from mobile hospital groups to insurance companies who need portable internet access to process claims on-site after a disaster.”

Unlike similar gatherings for many other industries, NHC attendees generally have a basic understanding of VSAT technology, satellite internet, and backup communications systems. Government agencies and private organizations have had years to develop disaster response plans and companies have been able to tailor custom solutions for emergency situations and natural disasters. According to Anderson, many professionals attend these shows specifically to speak with satellite internet companies like Skycasters regarding specific needs where no solution currently exists.

Anderson and Skycasters Network Engineer Tom Reed exhibited at the show last week with some of our newest technology. The 1.8 MST, or mobile satellite trailer, continues to generate a lot of attention. Anderson also appeared on local news to discuss the National Hurricane Conference and some of Skycasters’ disaster response strategies and the new mobile antenna.

This 1.8-meter mobile satellite dish is ideal for disaster response efforts in the aftermath of major weather events. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding can damage the existing communications infrastructure and keep people without power and internet access for weeks. When first responders arrive on the scene, they need to be able to communicate and coordinate efforts with other first responders. Having a reliable connection to get online is essential. Skycasters’ 1.8m MST was specifically designed to provide high speeds and reliable service where other options might not exist.

Skycasters looks forward to attending future shows and presenting our cost-effective solutions for businesses and organizations in remote communications, oil and gas mining, and disaster response.

Announcing the 1.8-Meter MST

Skycasters Announces the 1.8-Meter Mobile Satellite Trailer (MST)

Exciting things are happening here at Skycasters. Today, we have the pleasure of making a major announcement to our current customers, prospects, and curious consumers.

Jerry Piland, head of Research and Development at Skycasters, has been spending a lot of time working on a new solution to address challenges we often see in the field. Inaccessible oil rigs, distant mining camps, telemedicine, and first responders to natural disasters often rely on satellite internet services. It is our mission to ensure they stay connected and online.

As such, the Mobile Satellite Trailer, or MST, is one of our most popular technologies. This durable dish on wheels can be attached to a trailer hitch and hauled just about anywhere for portable internet access. Typically, our MSTs have a 1.2-Meter antenna and on-board Wi-Fi adapters to help businesses in oil and gas communications and disaster recovery keep a connection when they need it most. However, it just might not be the best choice for some of the worst-case situations.

Today, we announce the 1.8-Meter MST which features a variety of improvements from our smaller model. With a larger dish, the 1.8 MST has a better chance of getting a clear connection on whichever satellite you’re using, even during heavy rain fades that might knock other customers out of the network. This trailer also has a host of other advancements, including:

  • An extended run gas tank system for a 2000-Watt Honda Generator.
  • Electronics insulated against harsh hot and cold weather conditions.
  • 1000 BTU, closed-loop air conditioner and 350-Watt, built-in heater.
  • Two axial fans mounted to provide maximum cooling to the server rack.
  • A removable aluminum frame with two polycarbonate lids provides quick, efficient, and safe access to the inner electronics whenever you need to get to them.
  • Additional storage space complete with fire extinguisher, tool bag, and LED light bags.
  • A portable and collapsible LED light pole can make the trailer easier to modify in the field.
  • A three-section Turtle Shell Cover with lockable latches protects the dish during transit.

While our other MSTs are certainly a feat of engineering, the 1.8 is truly a triumph! With the larger dish, customers can get increased throughput and CIR service levels during bad weather. Modifications like these are essential in some industries to keep the internet running during emergency conditions or on-site at remote mining camps.

One of the best things about this announcement is that all of the new bells and whistles available for the 1.8 MST are now available for the 1.2-Meter trailer. A more technical press release for the 1.8 MST can be found here. For more information, contact your sales representative, email us any time at, or simply call us at 1-800-268-8653 Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 6:00pm Eastern.

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