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Originally posted by Kali74
I think it's a great idea but I can't see how they can pull it off. World governments control orbit so if they're determined to censor the net I don't think they will allow satellites to be used to circumvent them. The only solution we really have is to grow the fight against oppression.
I'm all for this move into space. First, since hackers have zero bank accounts living in the parents' basements as they do, they will need money, million and millions of dollars to design, build, launch and operate those wonderful new satellites that an offended government will prossibly and promptly shot down. But what the heck. I will donate 15 or maybe 17 millions pounds/dollars or what have you...euros(?) to get this project off the ground. where doI sign up?
"Low-Earth-orbit satellites, such as have been launched by amateurs so far, do not stay in a single place but rather orbit, typically every 90 minutes," Woodward said. "That's not to say they can't be used for communications, but obviously only for the relatively brief periods that they are in your view."
"It's difficult to see how such satellites could be used as a viable communications grid other than in bursts," he added.
Originally posted by kawika
reply to post by Liquesence
The ISS stays in (radio) line of site view for about 15 minutes depending on how high the elevation angle is. There are ipod aps and websites to calculate the next pass, how high and what azimuth.
There are also satellites carrying radios that are tracked in the same way. Not geosync...