#PLF2012 - #FreedomStar (by TheDigitalfolklore)
the PLF announces the launch of “Operation Freedom Star”. The mission of this Op is simple. The Peoples Liberation Front is entering the Hacker Space Race that was initiated with the announcement by the Chaos Computer Club that they intended to launch three communications satellites of their own to help circumvent internet censorship. The PLF states that we are in this race to win, and that WE firmly intend to be the first hackers in space.
Our plan for this involves the purchase of one of the many used communications satellites that are in orbit already, and are beyond their commercial usefulness. Many of these satellites are low on fuel and have other issues related to their age, but are otherwise serviceable and useful for the purpose we intend - which is to provide broadband satellite communications to areas of the world that are in great need. We are currently looking at several possibilities, and whichever satellite we chose - it will be called the “Freedom Star”. The purpose of the Freedom Star Satellite will be to provide broadband internet connections using commercially available downlink hardware
Once we have Freedom Star working, we will shift our focus to building our first custom satellite from scratch. We will use the Amsat program to design and launch our own bird, and also study the open source communications satellites already launched as part of this incredible program for possible uses in circumventing censorship, internet shutdowns - and providing other services to freedom movements around the world.