New Bitcoin Trend Allows You to Send Messages Into Space

Girish Chugh

March 6, 2019 12:11 pm

New Bitcoin Trend Allows You to Send Messages Into Space
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Yes, you heard it right, you can now spend a few cents in bitcoin to broadcast messages into space. Blockstream satellite, a project released more than a year ago, that aims to make bitcoin accessible for people without internet access, has made this possible, improving, or rather, revolutionizing the way communication is conducted.

Use BTC to Broadcast Your Thoughts Into Space

The process of sending messages has become more efficient, as spacebit.live, a user-friendly website, allows people to send messages via Satellites across the world by just paying a minimal fee of 3 cents in testnet bitcoin.

So far, many messages have been sent including a journal of an unknown individual’s sarcastic view about life and bitcoin, “So here I am, left my job, I have some money to keep me up and I’m building my first raspberry pi lightning node, and broadcasting messages from satellites. Still feels surreal at times.” The message was retrieved by Twitter user “Grubles,” a Blockstream Satellite user who actively tweets about the technology.

“Still hard to grasp the fact, that I’m Blanketing a big part of the Earth with my message, on demand, instantly. I wonder, does anybody (read this message)?” the same person wrote the following day.

Many whimsical messages have been broadcasted into space, indicating people’s active participation and excitement about this new method of communication. The uncertainty of the existence of extraterrestrial recipients certainly hasn’t deterred the enthusiasm of the earthly senders.

Blockstream’s New Initiative

The Blockstream website has been very active, as users send tons of messages using the system, increasing the chances of more messages being sent in the coming days.

In December, Blockstream updated its software, allowing people to use their satellites to send messages. The users simply have to pay a fee via the lightning network, which is currently being optimized for bitcoin.

Although the platform is still experimental, people are eager to use it, regardless. The fee varies depending on the data size of the message. For instance, an image, which may require more data, will cost more as compared to a textual message.

“Blockstream made available an API which takes a message and returns a lightning network invoice, upon receipt of the invoice the message is sent to the satellite teleport then the payload is broadcast to the satellite array,” explains MediumSqueeze, the creator of Spacebit.live.

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