Could WiFi Launched In Outer Space Provide Global Internet Access?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by lotuseclat79, Feb 4, 2014.

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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  2. Mrkvonic

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    Hasn't this been called satellites, and they've been doing this for a while now?
    I imagined taking your router, helium balloon and that, but no.
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  3. TheWindBringeth

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    Leveraging WiFi technology to implement a satellite-based, purely-unidirectional communication system whereby anyone with a WiFi device could receive the information that is being broadcast is an interesting idea. Various technical issues aside, this would mean that end-user WiFi devices would "always" be within range of a WiFi transmission. Purely beneficial for some applications, perhaps a mixed bag for others.

    The kill switches they want to put in cars, for example, could theoretically be run off that to provide use over very broad areas while still allowing for very local/targeted use while still allowing for other more ordinary uses. Maybe not the best way to go about things, but comes to mind. Also makes me wonder if terrestrial WiFi transmissions can be reliably captured by satellites.

    Quick search found http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1wqgmh/outernet_wifi_for_the_world_from_outer_space/, and user syedkarim asserts they are project lead for Outernet. Not many comments from them though.
     
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