a.i) In the 47th minute, Detective Goldblume is thanking Alf for telling everyone tha the phones are dead, and then says in the direction of Ray (Lt. Ray Calletano) "Listen, before anyones goes off the deep end, suppose we check out the terminal box. Ray, where's the terminal?"
Ray responds "Good questions"
Goldblume continues "Okay. call a repairman"
Ray responds "What? the phones are dead"
a.ii) Esterhaus says to Ray "We're under seige. Ray you're ranking officer here"
Esterhaus protests with desperation "You can't send people outside"
Ripley states that somebody’s got to go out there, take a portable terminal, go out here and patch in manually.
When he gets there, it will take an hour to patch in and align the antenna, then minutes to prep the ship, and about fifty minutes flight time.