An article at BBC says that computer hackers are planning to launch their own communication satellites to counter censorship laws. The hacker activist Nick Farr put a word out to get funds to kickstart the project back in August. He said:
“The first goal is an uncensorable internet in space. Let’s take the internet out of the control of terrestrial entities,”
The reason for this project is the increasing threat of internet censorship.
According to BBC News Technology Reporter David Meyer, the plan, which was detailed this week during the Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) in Berlin, is in response to proposed legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would allow the U.S. government to block websites believed to violate intellectual property law.
Hackers can choose to launch satellites to high altitudes using balloons, but the problem usually is with tracking them.The long term aim is to put an amateur astronaut onto the moon within the next 23 years.
Armin Bauer,a 26-year-old enthusiast from Stuttgart who is working on the Hackerspace Global Grid, and some friends came up with the idea of a distributed network of low-cost ground stations that can be bought or built by individuals. The plan is to use many easy-to-build base stations looking into space for moving satellites and receive and send data to them.
Mr. Bauer said:
“It’s kind of a reverse GPS,”
“GPS uses satellites to calculate where we are, and this tells us where the satellites are. We would use GPS co-ordinates but also improve on them by using fixed sites in precisely-known locations.”
Each base station is expected to cost around 100 Euros.
Experts believe that the project could be restricted by technical limitations.