Bitlinq is a subscriptionless censorship resistant full-duplex global messaging system. Stay tuned at bitlinq.space (for the moment, this will be redirected to the page you are looking at now) and the bitlinq twitter account. Bitlinq is an Eye On Orbit innovation.
With the increasing surveillance of networks by nation states, and large tech companies keeping track of every move on the internet, a niche market emerges for subscriptionless censorship resistant global communication. Bitlinq aims to launch a small cubesat sized satellite with a payload containing a Lightning Node, as a gatekeeper for a user programmable store-forward tranceiver. The Lightning Node in Space enables the service to become subscriptionless without losing a business model. Secondly, users on the ground can build their own user terminal from non-SatCom specific or proprietary components, which employs an unlicensed portion of the Electromagnetic spectrum for communication to and from Space.
Users within certain geofenced areas, enabled by anonymous donors to the Lightning Node in Space, can use the system free of charge. An additional service being contemplated for further implementation on board the bitlinq payload, is a space based node for Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) based on Decentralized IDentifiers (DID).
Also a synergy could be created with the Blockstream Satellite API. A combination with Bitlinq could create uncensored internet access anywhere on the globe, within either firewalled regions or non connected regions at all.
Contact CTO Erik Laan for more information, such as the Business Plan and the Investors Pitch Deck.
|The Lacuna Space LS1 satellite pass on Febuary 7|
|The Eye On Orbit dish pointed at the TELSTAR 11N Geostationairy satellite, which is part of the Blockstream Satellite Network|
|The HTML document that we received through Blocktream Satellite, as we orginally requested by sending a query message to the Lacuna Space LS1 satellite|
Update February 5, 2020: Erik Laan teaches Precision Engineering classes at InHolland University of Applied Sciences. In the coming 7 weeks, students will be performing link budget analysis of our Lacuna Space IOT antenna and will be making a prototype of a 2-axis satellite pointer. See the first breadboard elements in LEGO below!
Update February 4, 2020: The first functional test for the Bitlinq service has been performed using the Eye On Orbit teleport. This test was for the Global Broadcasting usecase. Using a low-power IOT antenna from Lacuna Space, we were able to send over 35 messages to their LS1 satellite that was passing over the North Sea. These messages were downlinked to the Lacuna Space groundstations and then relayed to the portal of TTN (The Things Network). The Bitlinq API automatically selected one of them to push to the Blockstream Satellite API, that on its turn relayed the message to 4 geostationairy satellites for Global Broadcasting. Subscribe to this telegram group to to get the broadcasted satellite feed.
|The Eye On Orbit teleport|
|The Lacuna Space IOT ground terminal/antenna|
|The Lacuna Space LS1 satellite pass on February 2, 2020|
|The message broadcasted globally by 4 Geostationairy satellites through the Blockstream Satellite API|
Update December 16, 2019: the Bitlinq project was subject of the radioshow Mediamix on Den Haag FM. Listen below to the (Dutch spoken) podcast made from this show.