Earlier this week, blockchain technology company Blockstream, launched the beta version of its Blockstream Satellite APITrack this API. The API allows users a way to create applications that broadcast data messages worldwide using the Blockstream satellite network.
With the API, developers can submit unencrypted messages, alternative blockchains or podcasts with a global reach. This data can be broadcast, via the Lightning network, to anyone with a satellite receiver. The company claims that when combined with the network’s onion-routed payments, messages sent will be private and the sender, receiver and content of the message will be secure. Onion routing is the same techonology that powers the Tor network.
The maximum message size will be limited, ensuring that messages are transmitted in under ten seconds. Developers using the API will be expected to handle encryption, fragmentation and reassembly of large messages on their end.
Blockstream hopes that the API will allow developers to adopt satellite communication in their applications. A number of possibilities will be opened up with, “natural disaster notifications, secure personal messaging, and sending bitcoin market data to remote locations [as] some of the exciting examples of the power of this service,” according to Chris Cook, head of the Blockstream Satellite project.
Developers interested in learning more should check out the official API documentation.