Bitcoin Is Literally Soaring Into Space After Rocket-Like Surge


Space-like adjectives are often used to describe bitcoin’s stratospheric price rise. Now there may be some truth in those analogies.

Blockstream Inc. plans to make the digital ledger underpinning the cryptocurrency accessible via satellite signal so people without Internet access, or in places where bandwidth is expensive, can trade and mine bitcoin. The company also touts the service as additional layer of reliability for bitcoin’s blockchain data in the event of a network disruption.

Bitcoin has soared more than 50 percent since the start of the month. A plan to move some data off the main network was activated last week in an effort to quicken trade execution and broaden access, helping to fuel the optimism. The price climbed to a record $4,449.90 Tuesday before retreating.

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“With more users accessing the bitcoin blockchain with the free broadcast from Blockstream Satellite, we expect the global reach to drive more adoption and use cases for bitcoin, while strengthening the overall robustness of the network,” Blockstream co-founder Adam Back wrote in an e-mailed statement.

Ground stations, called teleports, will uplink the public bitcoin blockchain data to the satellites in the network, which then broadcast the data to large areas across the globe, the company said.

The network currently consists of three satellites that cover Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. By the end of 2017, Blockstream said it plans to “reach almost every person on the planet.”

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3 thoughts on “Bitcoin Is Literally Soaring Into Space After Rocket-Like Surge

  1. Bitcoin is pretty crazy. I bought it when it was under $800USD now it’s over $15K you talk about volatility I thought Forex volatility was crazy. Anyways, a few of my friends laughed at me when I bought the Bitcoin, I’m mainly a Forex technical trader but I’m going to learn the crypto stuff. Crypto today is what Forex was in the early 2000’s a new frontier. Always looking to share tips/ideas with new Traders. Big hello from the USA

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