If you've ended up here because of the articles posted at BBC, msnbc, or all the other news media fronts, you've arrived at the right place. Here is where it's actually happening.
You might want to consider a quick stop-over at the Frequently Asked Questions page before diving into the details of the project itself.
As proposed on CCCamp11 we need our own infrastructure and space program. HGG's aim is to develop a modular antenna grid for satellite communication.
Vision: The hacker community needs a fallback infrastructure in case of natural and economic disaster to stay connected.
Long term goal: Design and build a modular terrestrial base-station for satellite communication. Based on open-source hard- and software as well as open standards.
Short term goal: Gain insight into the nature, protocols and security features of satellite <> earth communication. Build a working prototype of a modular receiver station with networking capabilities. Provide interfaces to existing high performance computing platforms (GPU-based and similar systems).
up: Project HGG
The „Hacker Space Program“ has the ambitious goal of putting a hacker on the moon 23 years from CCCamp11.
HGG's aim is to provide the core infrastructure required along the way. We want to understand, build and make available satellite based communication for the hackerspace community and all of mankind.
Constellation will provide computing infrastructure for processing complex data captured using Hackerspace Global Grid distributed ground stations and the global computer grid, where distributed ground station hardware can be plugged to, thus forming the needed sensor grid.
At the moment the core team is based in Stuttgart, Germany and regularly meets at shackspace, the Stuttgart hackerspace.
We are not: the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).
The basic idea for HGG was drafted while sitting on an express train to camp two days after the call went out and gained further momentum when we joined forces with the Constellation project itself a scientific computing platform for aerospace applications.
Stay up to date following @hxglobalgrid on twitter.
You can also get in touch via direct mail: hadez att shackspace dot de.
We would love to have more people on board bringing in knowledge covering space, satellites, radio communications, antenna design, electronic design, ground station design. Pretty much everything. If you don't know anything about this but would like to participate anyway, don't feel alarmed, we need as much help as we can get and one core objective of this whole endeavor is learning about the technologies involved :)
There is also a list of open tasks which we'll update once new ideas emerge and tasks are thought up. Feel free to add to the list and pick a task either no one is working on yet or join an existing team.
What we are is a bunch of tech-savy folks who identified a problem and are eager to fix it. We're interested in the technological aspects of all things communication. So please, do not read too much into it, especially leave us alone with your futile attempts of assigning us a political label. We're a representative slice of humankind.
TODO: Add a list of already named projects, so you get no duplicate entries. Example: Freenet which does not need a seperate hardware relay, but could use it and connect seperate subnets together using other transports.
There are also ideas of building upon already existing HAM radio packet data networks for this task.
Think twitter updates, not video streaming.
This does not rule out high-bandwidth links and geo-stationary community controlled satellites somewhere down the road. It's merely a reality re-adjustment to the possibly most important thing: staying connected.
- Hackerspace Global Grid
- Hackerspace Global Grid [shackspace wiki]
- Project HGG: FAQ [shackspace wiki]
- AMSAT - The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
- Flying Laptop
- Hacking confab conjures visions of space-borne 'SOPA Wars' | Privacy Inc. - CNET News
- Hackerspace Global Grid Meetup » shackspace = der hackerspace in stuttgart
- 28c3: Building a Distributed Satellite Ground Station Network - A Call To Arms - YouTube
- boinc - Google Search
- Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia