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Telstra connects Perth school children to James Cameron on Mermaid Sapphire

Telstra News

Posted on April 4, 2012

3 min read

It’s not every day you get to speak to an explorer who is also a Hollywood film director. So you can only imagine the excitement as children at Roseworth Primary School in Perth were told that they would be the only kids in Australia that would chat live to James Cameron on a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

If you’re wondering what this has to do with Telstra, then that’s a fair question.

Telstra is the Global Telecommunications Partner for the Deepsea Challenge, James Cameron’s successful world-first solo dive to the deepest part of the ocean. As Global Telecommunications Partner, Telstra’s technology is providing the 70-strong crew on the ship with a connection to the outside world.

This includes:

  • Satellite phones;
  • Wireless Internet and VoIP Telephone Communications System with International Direct Dial; and
  • Full High Definition video broadcast transmission system, enabling live transmission of footage and images on demand.
  • Telstra also installed a satellite on the ship

So, it made sense that Telstra use the technology to see if it was possible to connect an explorer on a boat in the Pacific Ocean, to a school 5,900 kilometres away.

Telstra connects Perth school children to James Cameron’s Marine SapphireThanks to the trusty Telstra satellite on board the ship Mermaid Sapphire, James Cameron was able to have a conversation with a packed classroom of children in Perth, as well as the Muse School in Malibu, California.

In preparation of the day, the school children decorated their classroom with an underwater theme and their teachers added deep-sea biology to their curriculum.

James took questions from school children in Perth and Malibu in an hour long conversation where he answered their questions from topics as broad as what it was like to dive to the bottom of the ocean as well as to what it was like to have an organisation like Telstra involved in his dive.

The smiles on the children’s faces illustrated how excited they were to be the only school in Australia chosen to chat to a famous film director.

We connect Australians to the rest of the world… as well as a classroom of school children with a once in a life time experience.

About the ships satellite:

  • The on-ship satellite dish is a specialised marine grade dish, the cover ‘housing dome’ measuring 3.65 metres in diameter.
  • The Radome antenna houses a transmit and receive dish, measuring 2.4 metres in diameter. With enclosed High Power Amplifier and Air-conditioning Unit, it also houses an automatic stabilising system suitable for Sea-to-Land communication.
  • The receiving satellite dish is at Telstra’s International Teleport facility located in Sydney where the dish size is 18 metres in diameter.