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Build Your Own Linux-Based Satellite

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the what-a-deal dept.

Space 184

An anonymous reader writes "For $10 million, SpaceDev is offering a Linux-based microsatellite that can be controlled over the internet using any laptop or desktop computer. The Modular Microsat Bus utilizes such things as plug and play USB, Ethernet, and other standards, while providing critical features such as power, maneuvering, and communication for you. Up to 40 kg of project space are at your disposal"

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I'll take two (4, Funny)

robertjw (728654) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971920)

At that price I'll take two, they're small.

Re:I'll take two (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972093)

Too bad they can only provide 80 watts of power to the payload, there goes my dreams of orbiting a Pentium 4 desktop...

A whole new meaning to 'network collision' (2, Funny)

absinthminded64 (883630) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972439)

Instead of seeing a blinking LED we'll see explosions in the sky! I can't wait for geeks to start slinging their own satellites up!

Umm (0, Redundant)

QuijiboIsAWord (715586) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971932)

Yes but, does it run Linux?

ow! ow! OW! STOP HITTING ME!

Re:Umm (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972065)

No, you got it wrong! If it's a space thing, AND it runs linux, what you must ask is:

Is it penguin-shaped [slashdot.org] ?

Re:Umm (1)

Katia22 (929167) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972096)

Lol, ill keep that in mind

FP (4, Funny)

khedron the jester (888418) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971936)

Apparently you launch it by throwing it really, really hard.

$10 million and 40kg? Why not $250k and 1kg? (4, Insightful)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971941)

This is cool...but 'way out of my league. For those that have got $10 million to spare, have fun. What I'd like is a picosatellite [eoportal.org] o coop.

These students [space.com] got theirs into space for $120,000. Sure, that doesn't include "donated material, equipment and expertise", or the estimated $40,000 launch cost [66.102.7.104] , but let's be optimistic and call it $250,000 all told. Well, get 50 people in and it's only $5000 each -- less than a good used car. Make it 500 people and you've got the cost down to less than a trip for two to Vegas. And for this I get to help send a satellite running Linux into space -- as close as I'm likely to come to making the trip myself.

I know that ham radio folks are already doing this sort of thing, but they've got their own goals. I admit, mine are a bit fuzzy beyond "put this L33+ satellite into space", but that's kind of appealing too. What could we cram on a picosatellite? What imaging can you do for cheap -- what resolution, what wavelengths? And of course, the question everyone wants answered: Can you host a webserver in space, and could it survive a Slashdotting?

I think something like this would be cool beyond measure. Who's in?

Problem is downlink (4, Informative)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971994)

Even on an oblique overhead pass, in low earth orbit maximum time in view is about 7 minutes. The article doesn't mention using a satellite relay network but of course... such things cost extra :)

-everphilski-

Re:Problem is downlink (2, Funny)

sonicattack (554038) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972361)

[...] satellite relay network [...]

CONFIG_BLUETOOTH=y

And launch a lot of them.

Re:Problem is downlink (1)

dreadknought (324674) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972545)

Or, as an alternative, you could just launch it into geosynchronous orbit and have an infinite amount of time in view...

Re:Problem is downlink (1)

rmstar (114746) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972597)

make a beowulf cluster of these, and your problem is close to solved.

Re:Problem is downlink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972616)

This is just what we need... BitTorrent in space! We can force the RIAA and MPAA to collectively send a fleet of lawyers into space, where they will be devoured by the GLESM (Giant Lawyer Eating Spaghetti Monster). Oh yes. We need to start a collection!

Re:$10 million and 40kg? Why not $250k and 1kg? (3, Interesting)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972013)

I think that the picosats are cool, but there is not a ton that you can do in such a small package. A small transponder, some radiation experiments, no reasonable optics will fit in that tight a package, and even if they did you would need to accomodate stabilizing gear.
That said, they are great for universities, where the resulting knowledge gained is the goal and the useful science is almost gravy.

As to the /.ing, I think the sat would have no problem, due to the rather low speed of the anticipated link (no dish, just a whip antenna, so BW will bw lower). Whether the page will be viewable with a million geeks trying to share a 10kbps link, I dunno.
-nB

Even cheaper (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972031)

Make it 500 people and you've got the cost down to less than a trip for two to Vegas.

What would it cost if all slashdotters shared one?

Ultimate Goals (1)

xaosflux (917784) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972064)

It does not have to just be l337 becuase it's got nix on it, make it be your uplink to the newest versin of IP, the Interplanetary Protocol [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplanetary_inter net%5D [wikipedia.org]

Re:Ultimate Goals (1)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972079)

Ha! Excellent idea.

Re:$10 million and 40kg? Why not $250k and 1kg? (1)

drsquare (530038) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972133)

Who would pay $500 for a 0.2$ stake in a tiny satellite?

Re:$10 million and 40kg? Why not $250k and 1kg? (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972462)

Who would pay $500 for a 0.2$ stake in a tiny satellite?

I'll give you a dollar if you throw your cell phone as high as you can.

Re:$10 million and 40kg? Why not $250k and 1kg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972640)

Indeed, the hams have been busy lately... see www.amsat.org [amsat.org] for a look at what they've been up to lately. And speaking of webservers, PACSAT PBBS protocol is pretty much your garden variety BBS. Retro, but effective. You can hear FM Voice satellites like AO-51 on a garden variety Radio Shack scanner.

The perfect Christmas gift for an evil scientist (1)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971949)

I hear that a Mr. Drax will be contacting them very soon.

Re:The perfect Christmas gift for an evil scientis (1)

MaXiMiUS (923393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972581)

Am I the only person here that knows what he's talking about? Ratchet and Clank folks! >_>

"Laser beam" (4, Funny)

thewiz (24994) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971950)

WooHoo! Now I can get my own death ray satellite!
World conquest, here I come!

Re:"Laser beam" (5, Funny)

lpangelrob (714473) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972088)

No kidding... the coverage is great, but the ping time is a drag. I went for St. Louis once but toasted some outhouse across the river because of the lag. Biggest waste of my $10M ever. I'd give the seller an F-.

Re:"Laser beam" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972602)

You Bastard! I've had some great times in that part of East St Louis!

Re:"Laser beam" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972180)

Why not a 40kg chunk of metal? Or at least 30 kg plus 10kg worth of basic targeting hardware and a release catch. Something you could "accidentally" drop through the atmosphere. By the time it reaches the ground (a.k.a. target) it would be a nice molten drop of metal. I don't have any idea how large it would be by that time, but it would at leat leave a crater, no? Sure, you'd have to target something like a continent (and probably even miss that), but that's the fun of it! "Oops, I dropped something! Let's watch the news to see where it lands."

I, for one.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13971953)

I, for one, welcome our new linux-based things overhead.

How do they get to space? (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971959)

It's amazing what they can do with SoC's these days, isn't it? The only part I don't understand is, how are they expecting that these sats going to fly? AFAIK, NASA stopped flying PongSats on the Space Shuttle after the Challenger incident. (aka, "The Get Away Special") Are they planning to pool these sats together to pay for a booster? Or do you have to get your own? Where is that $10 million going? (For the cost of a couple of these, I could buy a Delta II and send 100-200 desktop towers into space! And that would be assuming I used Car Batteries to power them!)

multiple payloads, SpaceX falcon/OS Pegasus (4, Insightful)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972024)

multiple primary payloads...SpaceX Falcon I and Orbital Sciences Pegasus.

(from the f*cking article)

-everphilski-

Re:multiple payloads, SpaceX falcon/OS Pegasus (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972211)

Okay, I just reread the article and I think I get it now. The "Microsat" terminology had me thinking that this was for experiments and educational missions. I'm still not entirely clear on its use, but it seems that it's targetted at people with large budgets for space access. So one might send it up along with a Comsat, or send a bunch of these up *as* Comsats.

way too small to be comsats (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972325)

Comsats are the big birds of the satellite world; they are power hungry and need huge solar arrays and a huge dish pointed with great accuracy at the surface. They also need something else - geosynchronous orbit. They need to be at a static location in the sky where they can point in one direction... These satellites are aimed at the scientific and possibly educational community, although they tend to do well enough leeching off of NASA. (not a rip, an observation, having been there and done that)

-everphilski-

Re:way too small to be comsats (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972481)

Comsats are the big birds of the satellite world; they are power hungry and need huge solar arrays and a huge dish pointed with great accuracy at the surface. They also need something else - geosynchronous orbit.

I was thinking more along the lines of the Iridium Constellation [wikipedia.org] as opposed to a traditional Comsat. i.e. A network of satellites in LEO, that could move your signal from sat to sat as they pass overhead.

Iridium wasn't all that bad of an idea, but it was a bit ahead of its time in Satellite technology.

Re:How do they get to space? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972192)

They go as secondary payloads with larger satellites. 3 or 4 of them can be positioned under a much larger satellite. When SpaceX and SpaceDev get their own smaller rockets going, collections of these could be primary payloads. The microsatellite bus they give you does primary satellite functionality for you and you can have your own mission control from any place with an internet connection.

If you are familiar with one of their other satellites, ChipSat, it used TCPIP for connectivity. I believe it was the first. This should be the first satellite to use USB, but the picosatellites may have beaten it.

Re:How do they get to space? (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972254)

Well, I had to go check, but the GAS program (along with the Shuttle Small Payloads Project) is offically gone, though they did not close up shop until 2004. The last mission flown under the SSPP, a Hitchhiker, was lost on Discovery.

If you want cheap space access, you still might be able to get it at the followon porgram, managed out of the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

http://www.wff.nasa.gov/efpo/index.html [nasa.gov]

Microsoft's reply (-1, Flamebait)

dave-tx (684169) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971968)

"For $10 million, SpaceDev is offering a Linux-based microsatellite that can be controlled over the internet using any laptop or desktop computer."

"Yeah, well for 1/100th the cost, we'll put one in orbit around Uranus"

Re:Microsoft's reply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972242)

Bill Gates will buy a few just to prove that Linux will eventually crash too!

3 Words (5, Funny)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971971)

Orbiting brain lasers.

Only 10 Million? (3, Funny)

Anti_Climax (447121) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971991)

And just in time for X-Mas too!

Plug and play USB ? (3, Insightful)

c_fel (927677) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972161)

I wonder who's gonna plug something in the satellite once launched in space...

Re:Plug and play USB ? (1)

yfkar (866011) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972411)

The astronauts can plug their webcam in and chat while spacewalking.

Re:Only 10 Million? (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972214)

I can't wait until the boxing day sale for even lower price.

Re:Only 10 Million? (1)

Anti_Climax (447121) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972335)

It'll be in the clearence bin the day after x-mas, no question about it.

What i want to know is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13971992)

...what kind of a name is SkuttleMonkey

Believe me.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972055)

...what kind of a name is SkuttleMonkey ... you do NOT want to know!

Micro-orbit satellite (4, Funny)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 8 years ago | (#13971997)

Unfortunately, because of its diminutive size, this satellite can only be put into orbit around a large city at best. For true Earth orbit, you need to spend real money.

Re:Micro-orbit satellite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972485)

Not true. Even the smallest satellite can be in the highest of orbits. Haven't you heard, size doesn't matter (at least in physics).

Their last satellite, ChipSat, had one or two receiving stations, on both hemispheres I believe. Google ChipSat for more info. This system resembles it.

P2P (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972015)

I can't wait for the first P2P provider to send their network into space.

eDonkey 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wimax...and i will become the next iridium (1)

tommyleebyron (601830) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972023)

seriously... immagine a cluster of satellites with wimax technology like the new panamsat..

You're all thinking it... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972026)

Slap a web server on it and you've got "POOOORRN FROOOOOM SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!"

Re:You're all thinking it... (1)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972641)

Do not mock the power of my fully operational P0rN Star!!

I find your lack of faith disturbing, Commander.

Of what use is it? (1)

goofyheadedpunk (807517) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972029)

Obviously this isn't a normal geek toy, mostly because of the price tag, but what sort of nifty things could someone do with a satelite like this? I imagine that it's mainly geared toward University researchers, but that's just wild conjecture.

Also, why is it so special that the satelite runs linux?

Re:Of what use is it? (1)

varmittang (849469) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972091)

Its special because it runs Linux.

Re:Of what use is it? (2, Funny)

parseexception (516727) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972117)

personal mp3 server beyond the grasp of the RIAA?

Re:Of what use is it? (5, Funny)

fatcatman (800350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972136)

Also, why is it so special that the satelite runs linux?

You must be new here. Welcome to Slashdot! It doesn't matter what it is, or why it runs Linux, so long as it does. Kitchen appliances? Check. Stuffed animals? Check. Dead flies? We're all over it.

Re:Of what use is it? (1)

mikeee (137160) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972490)

You're not a shaman until you've installed Linux on your zombie badger [strangehorizons.com] .

Re:Of what use is it? (1)

cli_rules! (915096) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972456)

Also, why is it so special that the satelite runs linux?

A: BSOD.

Re:Of what use is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972502)

Also, why is it so special that the satelite runs linux?

Because a monkey trained to press Ctrl+Alt+Del would take too much of the payload?

utilizes such things as plug and play USB (5, Funny)

spamfiltre (656000) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972034)

With a long enough cable, I could recharge my iPod Shuffle from orbit.

Re:utilizes such things as plug and play USB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972198)

For every additional $5million, they will send the peripheral of your choice to attach to your microsatellite via USB plug and play. Obviously, one of the first things you're going to want to attach is an enhanced wireless transmitter for a mouse and keyboard.

Re:utilizes such things as plug and play USB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972308)

With a long enough cable im sure you can recharge it from home

A neat idea... (2, Interesting)

phorm (591458) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972047)

But what would/could you do with it? I'd be very reluctant to upgrade the kernel or any such thing that would likely be required to install modules/drivers required to do something neat. Nothing would quite suck like having a 'kernel panic' on a $10,000,000 sitting up in orbit... not as if you can press reset to restart it.

Re:A neat idea... (2, Interesting)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972226)

Satellites and other space hardware tends to have watchdog reset timers that will auto-reboot to a monitor ROM. That way if anything goes wrong during kernel upgrade, it'll reboot to a known good state.

Re:A neat idea... (4, Funny)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972252)

In that case, you may want to consider high availability solution with MS Cluster Service on Windows platform with automatic windows-update.

** Comes free with IE6 and WinFS Beta

Re:A neat idea... (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972284)

If I was going to put a computer up in space I'd have a special BIOS on there that allowed remote console and file transfers independant of the OS. If I can think of that, I'm pretty sure a bunch of people capable of actually putting it into orbit would think of it too.

Re:A neat idea... (1)

molarmass192 (608071) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972370)

It's not that dangerous with proper setup. I do the same with boxes 2500 miles from myself without shedding a bead of sweat. The trick is to use 2 root partitions, upgrade the spare one, try to boot it using the grub --once option, if it fails, power off and it will revert back the old working partition. The only trick is toggling the power in the event of a panic, we control power via a network power switch, but I'm pretty sure this could be a added to the uplink interface BIOS, kind of like a two-way wake-on-lan.

You don't (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972380)

You generally wouldn't upgrade the kernel on flight hardware unless there was a known bug that cropped up after launch. What you might want to upgrade after the fact is your flight code, and if that does go wrong there generally are watchdogs that detect a bad upload and flash from a known good firmware.

-everphilski-

The mandatory question (1, Redundant)

Katia22 (929167) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972048)

Thats all very good, but will it run linux?. Umm, nevermind :)

WOW (1)

heatdeath (217147) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972074)

This sounds almost as revolutionary as sun's grid-computing-for-hire scheme!

HooDEHoo!!!! (1)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972094)

Now we can being the slashdotting of space! We can put some radio equipment on it, and start bouncing posts off of it!

And when we get trolls, they can suck vacuum!

--LWM

I see a potential filesharing haven.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972109)

Imagine... Linux-based filesharing peers (each with gigs of cached bootleg material) floating kilometers overhead, far beyond the reach of the entertainment industry!

Yes... (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972110)

But can it direct an EMP onto the country of your choice?

//call me Plissken.

This article needs more marketing buzz! (1)

La Camiseta (59684) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972134)

For a mere $10 million, SpaceDev is offering a state of the art Linux-based microsatellite that can be controlled over the internet using any laptop or desktop computer. The Modular Microsat Bus utilizes such things as plug and play USB, Ethernet, and other standards insert more buzzwords here , while providing critical features such as power, maneuvering, and communication for you boring, boring, boring - emphasize the fun you can have with it - spying on foreign countries, planning world domination, keeping an eye on that cute neigh^H^H^H^H^H^H . Up to 40 kg of project space are at your disposal!!!!

Open Source public Sat?! (4, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972153)

Ok guys and gals, is there anything we can do at Slashdot to pool togeather some money and have one built? I'm willing to donate up to $100. I would love to see everyone donate money to have a Slashdot Sat put into space along with the names of those who contribute. Also, I would love to have access to the Sat for shits and grins.

What can it be used for? does it matter? The fact I can access a Sat that can later be upgraded with software totally turns me on!

Re:Open Source public Sat?! (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972275)

Inter-galactic gateway to our Internet for the curious aliens?

Re:Open Source public Sat?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972349)

Dude, if a satellite running Linux turns you on I think you have some big issues. :P

Re:Open Source public Sat?! (0, Offtopic)

Karma_fucker_sucker (898393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972410)

I would love to see everyone donate money to have a Slashdot Sat put into space along with the names of those who contribute.

As long as my usage isn't modd'ed "Flamebait", "Troll", or "Overrated" and subsequently canceled because someone with mod points doesn't agree with the reasons for my usage.

For an extra $1 million, it keeps sending a signal (2, Informative)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972160)

In case you crash this satellite into the sun or it goes hurdling off into the nearest black hole, for the meager price of an additional $1 million, an uniterrupted signal will be beamed to your laptop for the duration of its expected lifespan. No more worrying about alien sabotage or space junk punching holes in your precious device, we have got it covered.
This way, you will never know that it has been destroyed, and you can still show off your $10 million toy to your jealous friends.

Global dominion (2, Funny)

Fistacious (817580) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972162)

'What are we going to do tonight, Brain?' 'Same thing we do every night, Pinky.'

Oooh....I can't wait to do this... (2, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972165)

bash-2.05a$ ls -al /dev/usb/satellite0
crw-------    1 root     satellite       3,   0 Nov 07  2005 /dev/satellite

bash-2.05a$ file /dev/usb/satellite0
/dev/usb/satellite0: character special SpaceDev MMB-100 microsat

bash-2.05a$ mount /dev/usb/satellite0 /mnt/launch_vehicle

bash-2.05a$ mv /mnt/launch_vehicle /space/orbit

Cheap space tourism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972167)

I only have to lose 27kg, and I could have the place to myself!

Sats and the DCMA (1, Funny)

Katia22 (929167) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972197)

If we had to build one of these, get a really powerful wireless connection (something that would transmit from space) and hosted MP3's on it...no one would be able to bring it down...or maybe Bush could use this as an excuse to resurect the star wars program, this time funded by sony and all the other record companies, instead of the tax payers money, it might just get off the ground. Who said that mp3's wouldnt make the world a better place?

Oh noes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13972227)

% telnet mud.mysat.org
Welcome to the MUD set up in outer space (literally!)...

Ummmm... Cluster (1)

CaptainBJones (895857) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972257)

Funny this should come up on slashdot... Just a week or two ago I had been looking at getting a pikosatellite kit (till I found out they cost ~ $6000) but in true slashdot fashion.. I thought.. Wouldnt it be cool to have a Beuwolf Cluster of these suckers in orbit...

metric system conversion (3, Funny)

witte (681163) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972266)

40 kg ? How much is that in frikken lasers ?
Now all I need is a USB-compatible shark brain to pilot it...

2. Threaten to blow up planet (10 times)
3. Profit !

Burial Space In Space More Easily Attained (1)

theREALbillder (788168) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972274)

In Sagans book Contact he postulates it should be possible to get rich selling burial space in space, a YOUR ASHES IN ORBIT kind of thing, which would appeal to many of this time period, and is much more attainable to the mass. Space Burial. That same book also addresses electronic recognition as a weapon, and the delta 9 isomer within cannabinoids. Cool, was Carl. Smart too.

wow, really great (1)

shoelessone (924433) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972279)

wow, thats so awesome, perhaps i can update my dependancys from space, and play that game with the penguin, u know, that slides aroun and stuff. on ice.

also, linux sucks btw, but i suppose at least the satalite will be safe from hackers, u know? i mean, i'd be worried my satalite would be hacked by terrorists, and then they'd use it to make a satalite laser that could be used to kill people htat are good.

Beer (4, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972289)

Luckily they put an OS that is, between more things, Free... who knows how much it would costed if they used there Windows.

There are too much joke potential with the idea of throwing out to space Windows computers also, but of course, nobody wants that a blue screen turns it into a red meteorite of death.

Re: Alternative (1)

cli_rules! (915096) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972382)

I'm holding out for the heavyweight, high cost Monolithic Microsoft Macrosat.

Antitrust (1)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972293)

I'd better get the IP address and shut mine down before Gary Winston can get to it!

wait for it, in 3 .. 2... (1)

mcdade (89483) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972338)

Imagine a beowolf cluster of these!!

just had to add it.

Obligatory (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972343)

Just imagine a Beowu-- oh, nevermind.

Mwahahaha (1)

skidz7 (821427) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972365)

Finally I can create a satellite with a giant "laser" and hold the world ransom for......ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Re:Mwahahaha (1)

mrselfdestrukt (149193) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972603)

ONE Million dollars is not that much anymore.
Rather ask for TWO million dollars!!
mhuuwhaahaaha
That will only leave you with an 8 million loss.

Death from above (1)

snowwrestler (896305) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972375)

Great! If you could just bolt this 40kg ball of high-temp stainless steel to your comm/maneuvering package, we should be all set. Just let me know the sequence for deorbit; I'll take care of the targetting myself.

Imagine a bot-net cluster of these babies (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972495)

Imagine 0wning a bot-net of death-ray satellites.

Oh wait, these don't run Wind-bloze. Nevermind.

Why stop there (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972514)

if someone participating in the project could get access to a coupla pounds of Pu to keep the penguin warm, they could probably build a Linux probe to Kuiper Belt, and beyond!

Satellites are totally played out.

Plug'n'play space elevator... (2, Funny)

mikael (484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972531)

The Modular Microsat Bus utilizes such things as plug and play USB, Ethernet, and other standards

Does the USB cable double as a space elevator when not in use?

Call me when... (1)

ylikone (589264) | more than 8 years ago | (#13972613)

...they are offering the $10 million^H^H^H^H^H^H^H version.
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