Lightning Network Satellite and Mesh Network Functionality

Recent developments involving the Lightning Network (LN) have catapulted the capabilities of Bitcoin’s second layer past legacy payment systems. Blockstream’s recent integration of LN micropayments via its satellite network for broadcasting Bitcoin data as well as TxTenna’s proliferation of a GoTenna mesh network integrated with the Samourai Wallet are significant advances.

As the LN continues to garner further adoption by users and merchants, we are aware of its potential and working with its open-source repositories including Lightning Labs’ LND desktop client, Neutrino, EClaire, and more.

Combining Mesh Networks and Satellite Capabilities

The recent integration of the LN with radio mesh networks and satellites offers an intriguing combination for unbanked users.

First, users in remote areas — basically across the entire globe now — can tap Blockstream’s satellites for broadcasting Bitcoin transactions as long as they have a basic satellite dish and open-source software — such as GNU Radio — for managing the connection. The correlated mining effects of this are the potential to build solar-powered mining farms in the desert, powered entirely by renewable energy. Rigs can receive block rewards without an Internet connection and based solely on the satellite connection.

Second, users can broadcast satellite-received Bitcoin transactions into remote areas such as jungles using mesh networks. The initial transaction can be sent or received via satellite and then propagated to further remote users who do not have a satellite connection through weak-signal radio frequency, of which many simple devices are available.

The implications of combining satellite and radio waves for broadcasting transactions to remote areas all over the world cannot be understated. Legacy payment rails rely on the Internet and are based on closed-source code. Bitcoin does not.

Interacting with radio-emitting devices for Bitcoin and connecting via satellite are all possible with open-source code. We believe the integration of open-source and advanced technologies will propel the further adoption of Bitcoin as a reserve of value and medium of exchange, especially with LN payment now satellite compatible.

Using Sara Technologies for Remote Micropayment Systems

Enterprises or organizations — particularly disaster-relief — can leverage our blockchain skills to facilitate LN-enabled payment hubs in remote regions.

Employing payment receiving centers via satellite, establishing mesh networks, and hosting payment processing via a Casa HODL LN node in conjunction with BTCPay Server can allow your organization to essentially function as a full-capacity payment processor in remote landscapes operated from distant operations centers.

We can implement the technical coding infrastructure required to set up the requisite payment networks to facilitate a dynamic of offering Bitcoin to remote and disaster-stricken areas. All of the code repositories to set up this type of environment are open-source and continue to progress towards better UI/UX experiences.

Micropayments via satellite links using the LN are also vital for people to pay for necessities in times of need when they cannot communicate with the outside world via mobile phone or radio waves. Payment centers with satellite links that are set up with radio mesh networks and push out and receive payment for up to 40–50 miles, according to TxTenna.

From NGOs to enterprises looking to leverage the power of the sun for fueling mining centers, our experts are on top of the evolving cryptocurrency landscape. The LN is well on its way to becoming Bitcoin’s P2P payment layer, and with the advanced infrastructure of satellites and mesh networks, it is poised to dominate legacy payment systems.

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