Doug Vining Back to the Space Race

A constellation of micro-satellites would provide a blanket of bandwidth in hard-to-reach places, and be an affordable proposition, according to Microsat Systems. Their concept is somewhat in competition to Google-backed O3b, which plans a medium orbit constellation, primarily to reach emerging markets and rural communities.

"High-speed backhaul infrastructure is the single most important enabler to the growth of Internet business models and wealth generation," says David Cooper, CEO of Microsat. "If a country does not have it – it will fall behind." Which sounds a bit like a race, doesn't it?

Google seems to have fallen behind the dateline proposed in this MindBullet, but there's bound to be high demand for the rockets that will launch these satellites, especially if the race heats up. Which makes me wonder if there's enough room in space, for all these 'birds'.

Meanwhile, Africa's first private satellite was delayed when the rocket launch was scrubbed by safety mechanisms.
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Posted: 4 April 2011 at 16:18

Doug Vining Mesh potatoes and cosmic cubes

There are a number of devices coming to light which can solve the basic problems of mass digital communications - capacity and affordability. One is the Mesh Potato, and open source WiFi mesh networking device that you can put on top of your roof, even if you live in a shanty town, and hook into the VOIP network created by the mesh, and ultimately broadband too.

The other is the lightRadio, which Arthur Goldstuck likens to the Cosmic Cube in its ability to transform the world with 'alien' technology. Essentially an instant cellular data base station you can hold in your hand.

Both of these devices, if deployed in large numbers, can eradicate the digital drought we continue to experience, even in urban centres. Both need only two pieces of support infrastructure to work - a power supply and back haul to the internet. Power supply can be provided by solar panels, and back haul can also be wireless. Putting these together with a mobile WiFi router, which has its own battery (and can be recharged off solar USB) and a cantenna or two, provides some interesting options for setting up your own, instant, modular 3.5G network-in-a-crate.

It's not long now before we have micro networks that are independent of the big operators ...
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Posted: 29 November 2012 at 15:33

Doug Vining Google goes global

Google is finally executing on its strategy to connect up the "other 3 billion" with its own wireless networks. This was something they originally hoped to do with satellites, but are now considering blimps and high altitude aircraft.

The MindBullet linked here explored this scenario almost five years ago!
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Posted: 28 May 2013 at 18:25

Anton Musgrave Google goes global

Love the radical innovation...whilst incumbents seek to roll out more towers, Google 'trumps' them in the air! A great 'unreasonable' solution to Africa's wide open spaces?
Posted: 29 May 2013 at 22:33

Doug Vining SpaceX heads for cyberspace

Will thousands of internet satellites plug the digital divide in under-served areas, or will fibre and terrestrial wireless make the satellites too slow, and obsolete by the time they've launched? It's a gamble, but I think Elon Musk has a good idea - a mesh network of satellites close enough to earth to keep response times quick and cover huge areas currently not connected. It could be a game changer, and a money spinner.
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Posted: 5 May 2017 at 10:24
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