[FoRK] Satellite Internet Service
eugen at leitl.org
Wed Mar 18 02:42:19 PDT 2009
On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:22:05AM -0700, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Yes, Exactly. In fact, that is probably a fine project for the
> commercial space ventures + NASA + a portion of basic foreign aid /
> education / outreach. I think we're in a lull created by oligopolies
> (cell, cable, ILECs, satellite TV), innovator dilemma local minima of
> those oligopolies, and a hangover from premature-technology debacles
> like Iridium.
We need a very dense cloud of very small nodes and earth-side antennas
that can track something fast and faint with no movable parts (I guess
this makes it a phased array). This needs ephemerides Earth-side, so you
could as well make the king kill GPS in one fell swoop. Signalling in
the sat cloud itself could well be optical.
> Perhaps someone should have pitched military-grade surveillance cameras
A few kUSD consumer camera would do dandy. You need a lot of cheap mass-produced
gear in a short-lived orbit (a few years).
> from LEOs along with some other easier to fund features and rolled in
> the Internet access. Naming things well sometimes helps bring them to
> reality. Outernet? LEONet is too obvious and not catchy, beyond Leonet
> is an Outernet. Spacenet? SkyNet is already taken. ;-)
> Which reminds me... I was at an AGI meetup last Sunday. One of the
The Ben Goerzel thing?
> guys there seemed to have been there to monitor AI to potentially be
> worried about, and what to do about it. And I happened to wear my CIA
> tshirt... He kept looking at it and shaking a little while we talked.
> Lol... I think I was my own conspiracy theory.
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