Blockchain technology firm Blockstream has been starting the beta version of its Blockstream Satellite API, designed to assist developers broadcast data through the organization's satellite network. The launching has been revealed in the official announcement printed Jan. 16.
The move follows the company's satellite support expansion back in December, when it began broadcasting Bitcoin's (BTC) blockchain to a global scale. Blockstream's Bitcoin shuttle initiative reportedly intends to spare the cryptocurrency's system from based on land-based Internet connection and therefore increase its robustness.
Blockstream's newest"data agnostic" product allows to use its own satellites for encrypted messaging, with users paying for the support through the Lightning testnet, meaning broadcasting is free to the moment. Programmers can submit messages through a RESTful API (application programming interface), whereas users will be able to submit messages via the Blockstream site.
The group behind Blockstream Satellite API restricted the maximum size of the messages, which means that each may be transmitted over ten minutes. The announcement further notes that programmers are supposed to work with their own encryption, fragmentation, and reassembly of large messages in most circumstances when they require transmitting bigger bits of information.
As the product targets privacy, just a specific user or a group of consumers can supposedly decrypt the received data, which is sent from the Internet through a broadcast medium. If it comes in"paying" for the service, Lightning Network allows an additional level of privacy, disconnecting the charge source from the destination, then the statement notes.
Blockstream first introduced its plans to develop its satellite network in August 2017, claiming that it needs to"connect everybody on the planet" in the surface of what it described as restricted worldwide online penetration and much more limited online liberty.