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The plan is to launch hacker satellites into space.
Well, you can protest Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) online, or work on ways around the planned censorship of the Internet.
That's what one hacker group is doing anyway. According to the BBC, Hackerspace Global Grid wants to launch its own satellite into space.
The plan was unveiled at the Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin. Speaking for the group Nick Farr called for help in sending low cost satellites into space.
"The first goal is an uncensorable internet in space. Let's take the internet out of the control of terrestrial entities,"the BBC reported Farr saying.
In order for the plan to work, the group will have to figure out how to track the satellites once it launches in space. By mid-2012, the group wants to have three prototype ground stations ready, MSNBC reports.
The combination of the threat of censorship and the dropping costs of sending satellites into space make these hacker dreams pretty well grounded.
Photos via flickr/ NASA
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Dec 31, 2011
A project of this size = organization = visibility (of individuals) = coopporation = compromise = red tape = patience = not gonna happen in my lifetime from a group hackers (the good kind, not the black hats). Reason: egos.
Q: What do you call a satellite that allows uncensored communication that governments do not want to exist? A: Target practice. The second one of these passes over China and does something they do not want you will see it shot by a laser with the tacit permission of other countries. So, unless you can respond by killing one of their satellites you are screwed. And, float one of these over the states and sooner or later they will likely kill it too if the big media companies b*tch about it enough to their lackeys in Congress.
Someone like Iran without a high powered laser might try to down it/them with rockets. Whether or not they could do it, the result would be metal fragments making more low earth orbital space unusable. And there's a limited amount of LEO space to go around.