One of the world’s largest BitTorrent sites “The Pirate Bay” is going to put servers on GPS-controlled aircraft drones in order to evade authorities who are looking to shut the site down. In a Sunday blog post, The Pirate Bay announced new “Low Orbit Server Stations” that will house the site’s servers and files on unmanned, GPS-controlled, aircraft drones.
The Pirate Bay said:
With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.
We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.
Low earth orbit is 100 miles up and requires a launch vehicle capable of achieving speeds of 17,000 miles an hour. At “some kilometers up in the air,” these drones would require significant power to stay afloat, and that’s even before the power required to transmit megabits per second over a wireless connection.
The LOSS are already in development, writes the blog from TPB. As you might wish to solve the energy problem, you have not thought about it well. And that will probably be the weak point. In the air it is hardly the drones now at least can fill up with energy. You will need to load them somewhere where they will be charged. By then, the authorities can access and turn off the drones easily.
It seems despite the will of the courts the pirate bay will not be going down without somewhat more of a fight.To learn more about the latest developments in the next generation of quadcopters check out the ted talk by the leader of the leading research group: