In line with a recent official ‘announcement‘ published, Blockchain tech company Blockstream has revealed the beta version of its Blockstream Satellite API, designed to assist developers broadcast information via the company’s satellite network.
The move follows the company’s satellite service expansion plan back in Dec, after it started broadcasting Bitcoin’s [BTC] blockchain on a worldwide scale. Blockstream’s initiative reportedly aims to free the cryptocurrency’s network from relying on land-based web connection and therefore increasing its robustness.
Blockstream’s newest “data agnostic” product permits to use its satellites for encrypted messaging, with users paying for the service using the Lightning testnet, which suggests that broadcasting is free for the instant. Developers could just simply submit messages through a RESTful API [application programming interface] whereas users would be ablt to submit messages via the Blockstream web-site.
The team behind Blockstream Satellite API restricted the max. size of the messages, so that every transmitted message could be delivered within 10 sec. The announcement further added that developers are purported to use their own fragmentation, encryption and reassembly of big messages in cases where they require to send much larger bits of information.
As the product focuses on privacy, solely a particular user or a group would be able to decode the received information, that is transmitted from the net through a mass broadcast medium. However, when it involves “paying” for the service, Lightning Network permits a further level of privacy, disconnecting the payment origin from the destination, the announcement added.
Blockstream firstly revealed its plans to develop its satellite network, earlier in Aug. 2017, claiming that it desires to “connect everyone on the planet” within the face of what it described as restricted global net penetration and even additional restricted on-line freedom.
Even last week, the U.S. NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] planned a blockchain-based system for air traffic management, that employ’s ‘permissioned blockchain‘ to enable secure, private and anonymous communication with air traffic services.