Hackers plan satellite network to combat censorship
2012.01.04 10:22 by Daniela
Hackers reportedly plan to fight back against Internet censorship by putting their own communications satellites into orbit and developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with them. Hackerspace Global Grid (HGG) - the brainchild of three hackers based in Stuttgart, Germany - will "develop the modular antenna grid," according to the project's website.
"The hacker community needs a fallback infrastructure in case of natural and economic disaster to stay connected," according to the site. "The Hacker Space Program has the ambitious goal of putting a hacker on the moon" by 2034, the group also said on its site. "HGG's aim is to provide the core infrastructure required along the way. We want to understand, build, and make available satellite-based communication for the hackerspace community and all of mankind."
"It's kind of a reverse GPS," explained Armin Bauer, an HGG participant. "GPS uses satellites to calculate where we are, and this tells us where the satellites are. We would use GPS coordinates but also improve on them by using fixed sites in precisely-known locations."
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