In the very near future, next year to be exact, a large-scale project – “Outernet” will go live. Having a similar name with a worldwide system, responsible for the access to web pages, the Outernet will be used for similar purposes. The main difference from the well-known Internet is that the Outernet is positioned as one of the first totally free wireless Wi-Fi signal, which will be available to any inhabitant of our planet. And the source of the signal, as you might have guessed, is located in the outer space.
In fact, the Outernet is a set of signal sources, which would be a giant-in-range-of-its-actions analog of a Wi-Fi Router, covering the entire planet, which does not require a password to connect.
Being sufficiently ambitious in its nature and scale, the Outernet project suggests that hundreds of miniature satellites will be launched to the low Earth orbit in June 2015. Each satellite will provide access to the network of computers, mobile devices and other gadgets around the world for free.
Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is responsible for the project, which can totally change the notion of access to the World Wide Web, and strike at the financial affairs of the world’s Internet service providers. The “Outernet” project will be based on the technology known as «datacasting». This solution involves the transmission of data over the “wide” radio waves, so it is possible to broadcast free for use Wi-Fi signal around the world. Nobody is talking about full altruism in this project, so MDIF hopes to raise tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to bring the project to the final stage.
The company’s management claims that today only slightly more than half the world’s population has access to the Internet. The main problem of low quantity of the Net users is the reluctance of the governments of many countries to develop this infrastructure on the budget, despite the mass popularization of Wi-Fi technology and affordable devices for access to virtual resources.
The satellites should be miniature devices, more commonly known as CubeSats, a small artificial earth satellites for space exploration.
Each of the spacecraft will receive a signal from on-ground stations located in all parts of the world. Using a procedure based on the User Datagram Protocol (UDP), the Outernet will be able to open access to the cyber world to everyone without exception.
Speaking about the project implementation schedule, MDIF intends to implement the project as soon as possible. According to their plan, in June 2014 the first prototype of future orbiting satellites will be designed. And in September 2014 the NASA will be requested to provide for the International Space Station as a test place for testing the functional component of the project.
2015 is marked by Media Development Investment Fund as the time of the main stage launch, the stage which will include the assembly of all spacecrafts participating in the project. In mid-2015 the program will come to its final stage, officially providing all mankind free wireless Internet access. But it should be noted that a representative of the developer in the interview mentioned that the access will be opened not to all web resources, but only to some websites.