The space segment of the SovereignSky program will be developed and deployed in five Phases.
08 2020 onwards Phase Five
During Phase Five, the Sovereign Sky satellite constellation will be expanded to cover the globe as shown here. The size of these satellite will be increased to accommodate additional battery power, satellite crosslink communication radios and antennas, an advanced computer processor, and a small propulsion system. The 6U CubeSat structure may be similar to that shown below A total of thirty-six satellites will be launched using four small dedicated launch vehicles that can place multiple satellites into specific orbital planes. The Rocket Lab Electron rocket shown below, can place 150kg of satellite payloads into low Earth orbit. Each satellite will contain a small propulsion device to maintain their orbital position with respect to the other satellites.
In parallel with the satellite development, and most important, is the development and testing of a portable satellite modem that communicates with a smart phone and can relay the transaction information to the BlockChain Nodes in space. The ground segment will shrink from a small, fixed, centrally-located Antenna Node to a hand-held satellite modem about the size of a smart phone, similar to the one shown here. Once the smart phone application and compact modem are tested and certified, SovereignSky clients will be able to execute a BlockChain transaction via satellite from any place in the equatorial belt. Using their Sovereign Sky app, they will connect to the satellite modem via Bluetooth or wi-fi. The only requirement is that the satellite modem have clear access to the sky. The satellite modem can be shared by multiple users who are in the general vicinity and have the appropriate login credentials.
06 2019 – 08 2020 Phase Four
Phase Four will expand the equatorial satellite constellation to eight satellites, which will provide continuous satellite connectivity to all regions in the equatorial belt as shown on the map below. This satellite configuration will ensure complete continuous satellite coverage to the poorest people in the world who will benefit the most from secure BlockChain transactions. The Phase Four satellites will contain crosslink communication radios that will allow them to share all transaction information with neighboring satellites. All eight satellites will process and store the transaction data. At least three Master Antenna Nodes will be deployed in non-jurisdictional locations to command, control and maintain the satellites in orbit. An archival copy of all satellite BlockChain transaction will be stored at these locations to insure that no client data is ever compromised or lost.
07 2019 Phase Three
Four Satellite launch
In Phase Three, SpaceQuest will complete the construction and testing of three 3U CubeSats similar to the one shown here. These CubeSats will be launched into an Equatorial Orbit, where each satellite will circle the Earth’s Equator every 100 minutes. As a result, all of the regions highlighted on the map below will have access to a Sovereign Sky satellite for 10 minutes every 30 minutes. The red circle areas show the ground coverage of each satellite as it travels over the Equator from west to east
Ground Segment Antenna Nodes deployed in central Africa will provide reliable and secure direct access to the Sovereign Sky satellites. Initial operations will be carried out using local Antenna Nodes that comprise a satellite antenna, software-defined radio modem, a power amplifier and a computer server. Sovereign Sky customers will be able to log into a nearby Antenna Node via wi-fi to conduct a financial or business transaction using their smart phone with a Sovereign Sky Application. The transaction data will be sent to the Sovereign Sky satellites as they pass over the Antenna Nodes, and relayed to the other ground Antenna Nodes. These Antenna Nodes can be deployed in other locations in South America and Southeast Asia to extend network coverage to clients in other nations.
03 2019 Phase Two
Phase Two is to upload the BlockChain firmware to one of SpaceQuest’s orbiting satellites to validate operation of a BlockChain Node in space and to implement the necessary ground station antennas and software to be able to send and process transactions in space. This critical step will insure that the deployment of a constellation of BlockChain satellite will be successful. Once we are confident that the SpaceQuest satellite and on-board flight processor can successfully execute BlockChain transaction in space, we will be able to move into the next program phase
11 2018 Phase One
Launch of first SovereignSky Satellite.
Phase One is to port the current BlockChain software to flight processor hardware that can be used in space. This will be done to confirm the technical approach, power consumption, computer processing requirement and communication parameters. The ground BlockChain processor will then be configured as an operational BlockChain Node.
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