Ever want to pay magic internet money to send
HELLO WORLD to the entire world by bouncing it off a satellite? It's 2019 and this is a thing you can do. Bid testnet bitcoin using Lightning payments in order to send messages through a fleet of five Blockstream satellites that broadcast over pretty much the entire planet; anyone listening in with a satellite dish will get your message.
Sending a message with this service couldn't be easier, but verifying your message was sent requires tools that aren't as user-friendly.
Once you've installed the Blockstream satellite Python utilities, run the following to receive messages sent over the satellite by connecting directly to a server, no satellite dish needed:
Then run the following to grab and save these messages:
blockstream-satellite/api/examples$ ./api_data_reader.py --plaintextWaiting for data...[2019-02-04 23:22:42]: Got 2135 bytes Saving as plaintextSaved in downloads/20190204232242.[2019-02-05 02:57:25]: Got 1024 bytes Saving as plaintextSaved in downloads/20190205025725.
Open the saved plaintext files to read the messages!
Yes, this is a thing that you can do! Requires ~$200 worth of equipment and quite a bit of technical expertise.
Somebody has been using the satellite to blog: