Blockstream has announced the launch of an updated version of Blockstream Satellite for accessing the Bitcoin network via satellite.
Blockstream Satellite 2.0 contains a standardized data transfer Protocol with expanded bandwidth, as well as the ability to cover additional territories and synchronize the full node of the Bitcoin network without connecting to the Internet. Previously, connecting a satellite to a computer required a USB receiver or special equipment.
According to the developers, the project aims to ensure that Bitcoin can be used even in the absence of the Internet. Data is exchanged with the Bitcoin network and populated regions of the Earth using transmitting television communication nodes and six satellites in geostationary orbit. Another satellite is also connected to the network, which will cover the Asia-Pacific region.
Instead of its own Protocol, which was used in the first version of the network, Blockstream Satellite 2.0 uses the standard DVB-S2 Protocol, which improves the efficiency and reliability of signals. In addition, the update introduces new technology to reduce the amount of information transmitted by 50% or more, resulting in data being transmitted 25 times faster than the first version.
The old version of Blockstream Satellite will run until June 1, so users are encouraged to update the software so that their hardware syncs with version 2.0. the Company also announced that in mid-June it will introduce specialized blockstream Satellite Basic Kit with satellite radio receivers that will be compatible with raspberry Pi computers.
Recall that in March last year, the Bitcoin community began testing this technology, sending anonymous messages to the world for a small fee in bitcoins. Earlier, the Director of strategic Affairs at Blockstream, Samson Mow, said that satellites broadcasting data from the Bitcoin blockchain can prevent network forks.