by Daily Mail Reporter
5 February 2014
An ambitious project known as Outernet
is aiming to launch hundreds of miniature
into low Earth orbit by June 2015.
Each satellite will broadcast the Internet
to phones and computers giving billions of
people across the globe free online access.
Citizens of countries like China and North Korea
that have censored online activity
could be given free and unrestricted cyberspace.
'There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this'
You might think you have to pay through the nose at the moment to access the
But one ambitious organization called the Media Development Investment
is planning to turn the age of online computing on its head by giving free
web access to every person on Earth.
Outernet, MDIF plans to launch hundreds of
satellites into orbit by 2015.
And they say the project could provide unrestricted Internet access to
countries where their web access is censored, including China and North
The ISS could be a
testbed for Outernet technology
Could our Internet
one day be delivered from space?
The New York company
plans to ask NASA
to test their Outernet
on the International Space Station (left)
so that they can begin
to web users around the
Using something known as
datacasting technology, which involves
sending data over wide radio waves, the New York-based company says they'll
be able to broadcast the Internet around the world.
The group is hoping to raise tens of millions of dollars in donations to get
the project on the road.
The Outernet team claim that only 60% of the
world's population currently have access to the wealth of knowledge that can
be found on the Internet.
This is because, despite a wide spread of Wi-FI devices across the globe,
many countries are unable or unwilling to provide people with the
infrastructure needed to access the web.
The Outernet project is
aiming to raise tens of millions of dollars
to launch hundreds of
known as cubesats to make
their dream a reality
The company's plan is to launch hundreds of low-cost miniature satellites,
cubesats, into low Earth orbit.
Here, each satellite will receive data from a network of ground stations
across the globe.
Using a technique known as User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
multitasking, which is the sharing of data between users on a network,
Outernet will beam information to users.
Much like how you receive a signal on your television and flick through
channels, Outernet will broadcast the Internet to you and allow you to flick
through certain websites.
THE OUTERNET PROJECT TIMELINE
By June of this year (2014) the Outernet
project aims to begin deploying prototype satellites to test their
In September 2014 they will make a
request to NASA to test their technology on the International Space
By early 2015 they intend to begin
manufacturing and launching their satellites
And in June 2015 the company says they
will begin broadcasting the Outernet from space
'We have a very solid understand of the
costs involved, as well as experience working on numerous spacecraft,'
said Project Lead of Outernet Syed Karim, who fielded some questions on
'There isn't a lot of raw research that is being done here; much of what
is being described has already been proven by other small satellite
programs and experiments.
There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this'
But at the prospect of telecoms operators trying
to shut the project down before it gets off the ground, Syed Karim said:
'We will fight... and win.'
If everything goes to plan,
Outernet project aims to ask NASA for permission to test the
technology on the International Space Station.
And their ultimate goal will be to beginning deploying the Outernet
satellites into Earth orbit, which they say can begin in June 2015.