SpaceChain CTO Jeff Garzik’s Reddit AMA

  1. Connect satellites to a moonbase: The eventual goal is to wire the solar system for networking. First Low Earth Orbit, then slowly moving out to other planetary bodies and moons (satellites around satellites). Satellites orbiting the moon are a necessary component of a moonbase.
  2. Satellite lifetime: Some nanosatellites and cubesats only stay in low earth orbit for 6 months. SpaceChain’s satellites should stay in orbit for at least 1–2 years, possibly up to 5 years depending on the rocket ride (small satellites are secondary payloads, which must follow the orbit of the primary payload).
  3. Initially “ground stations” are used, implying indirect connections. The next set of satellites will have more accessible radio frequencies and hardware — meaning that, yes, you will be able to connect directly to future satellites.

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