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BitSat – The Next Generation of Cloud Computing
Dunvegan Space Systems, Inc.
Own your own private satellite for $1M! Pricing includes spacecraft, launch, mission operations and on-going consulting for the lifetime of the satellite (5 years).
BitSats are nano-satellites that operate in low Earth orbit (LEO) providing an open platform for communication and computing systems, delivering unique advantages over current solutions with improved availability, security and lower cost.
BitSats have the capability to provide High Security data processing, file storage and broadcasting services in the security of outer space. The BitSat network provides customers with improved physical security, storage and on-demand communication in support of operations anywhere on earth. Customers also benefit from not having to incur the time and cost of developing and deploying a proprietary spacecraft or the ongoing cost of mission operations. This revolutionary service model is expected to drive the rapid expansion of space-based cloud computing.
Financial applications are one example of BitSat’s value add capabilities. BitSat has been optimized for Bitcoin and crypto-currency applications. Each BitSat has the capability to save the entire blockchain on orbit, providing a comprehensive back-up for the terrestrial Bitcoin network, while helping to build the blockchain. BitSats independently verify each bitcoin block after uplink from a ground station, ensuring relevant communication with the terrestrial Bitcoin network.
This bitcoin capability is optional – use your satellite for any purpose.
BitSat preliminary design was completed in August 2013, and has completed review by the US government according to ITAR guidelines. Spacecraft construction is schedule to commence soon, with launches hopefully by Q1-2 2016.
Design & Performance Metrics: (Each Satellite)
– 3U CubeSat form-factor
– Continuous operation for a five year period
– Maintains communications link with ground station for up to 15 minutes per pass
– Radio Downlink: up to 1 Mb/s
– Radio Uplink: up to 1 Mb/s
– Each individual satellite to pass over a ground station 4-14 times per day
– A full constellation of 24 BitSats will pass over each station, on average, over 100 times/day
– Communication over S-band frequencies
– Peak power consumption of 18.5 W
– Onboard computing and data storage
– Fintech optimized radio communication
– Propulsion for constellation maintenance
– Navigation control (including attitude determination and control system)
– Deployable solar panel power system
– Structural and thermal management
– Tracking, telemetry and command
BitSat Demonstration Preliminary Design Review (93 pages, technical specification):
Dunvegan Space Systems develops software based on open-source principles, with a focus on providing data processing, storage and broadcasting capabilities in space. DSS believes that the rapidly emerging commercialization of space represents an untapped market for open-source communication and computing systems that can provide unique advantages over current terrestrial solutions.
Single BitSat: $1,000,000
24-unit BitSat constellation: $19,000,000
Prices include spacecraft, launch and operations. Pricing may vary due to differences in configuration or instrumentation.
About Dunvegan Space Systems:
Dunvegan Space Systems is an early stage company focused on bringing decentralized, networked, open source design principles to spaceflight with the goal of opening new frontiers throughout the solar system for the betterment of all humanity.
Developing the future one day at a time
Dunvegan Space Systems is an early stage company focused on bringing decentralized, networked, open source design principles to spaceflight with the goal of opening new frontiers throughout the solar system for the betterment of all humanity. Our current project involves a network of data processing satellites.
DSS has a system-wide vision for outer space development. Human and robotic exploration are but the first steps towards a larger vision of development. Humans and robots will benefit from a solar system that is “wired for networking.” Each planet, major moons and some asteroids should be connected via relay satellites in planetary orbits and La Grange points. The Weather Channel will be able to provide a forecast for Venus or Jupiter just as easily as for locations on Earth, today, thanks to weather, mapping and positioning satellites on each planet.
AIMING FOR THE STARS
A sustainable long term vision
When humans first set foot on Mars, it will be a historic occasion. More interesting is the first colony on Mars. This will require far more than just a research station, packed tightly into a rocket, with periodic resupply. A truly sustainable settlement will require decades of robotic preparation. Swarms of autonomous vehicles and 3D printers will assist in the creation of a long term, livable habitat. In-situ resource extraction and processing methods may be seeded, to begin the long process towards building a base for humans.
Moving all these materials will require a transportation network no less resilient than the interplanetary communications network. Propellant depots, strategically positioned boosters, nano-rockets and other new technologies will lower the cost of interplanetary transport exponentially, from today’s costs and lead times.
The philosophy of Dunvegan Space Systems is to formulate large goals, and play some small role in helping humanity reach that goal. It is irrelevant whether DSS or another company or government, or most likely, some combination thereof, accomplishes this goal. DSS takes an active role when opportunities present themselves, to advance humanity towards these long term goals.