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Some specifics are still in the offing, like which satellite will be involved—regardless, it will likely be flying in low Earth orbit—how many teams will be selected in each round, and the size of the final cash award. But still, it’s not every day that you get to hack a celestial body, much less legally so.
“If you want to get into a satellite, you can either go through the ground station or you can try to find a way into the satellite directly, with your own emitter. We will have opportunities for contestants to do both,” says Roper. “But what they’re going to do is try to take over the satellite by any means they find.”