Cypherpunks Taiwan, a group looking to build “the most influential blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum technical Chinese communication platform,” has built another Bitcoin satellite receiver. According to CCN, Taiwan is only the second country to do this, with Japan being the first to build one in 2018.
Building Upon Past Ideas
Reportedly, this technology is meant to utilize the Blockchain satellite project built by Blockstream late last year. Interestingly, China, a country that has some of the most prolific Bitcoin mining, doesn’t allow anything even close to the building of this technology.
However, cryptocurrency influencer Andreas Antonopolous claims that this is exactly what the satellites are for – people who can’t access the Bitcoin network via traditional internet connections. As you may know, China is big on censorship, especially when it comes to cryptocurrencies which would enable citizens to make decisions without the government’s knowledge.
What’s even better is that putting together a receiver isn’t as difficult or expensive as it might seem. According to the publication, installation only costs 13,000 Taiwanese dollars or $418. On top of this, you can buy the specific and necessary tech from Blockstream itself. Learn more about it on the Cypherpunk Taiwan GitHub page.
It’s not easy to run a Bitcoin node or any blockchain node for that matter. That’s not to mention that most blockchains are only growing larger as we speak, with more and more transactions being posted by the minute. Bitcoin’s blockchain, for example, is getting close to 240GB. That’s more than some devices even have storage for. That’s not to mention the fact that downloading all of that data could severely slow down your device should you try to mine or participate in any way that involves people buying Bitcoin.
However, that’s exactly what Blockstream satellites are for: to access the Bitcoin blockchain whenever you’d like, for free.