An interesting use of drones - servers to the sky

The context is not so legal. But an interesting idea, even if they seem to have little idea of how to implement or how to manage power :-). 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/20/pirate-bay-plans-flying-...

some extracts:

"Low Orbit Server Stations"

"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 kilometres up in the air."

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Comment by David M Eno on March 22, 2012 at 8:07am

The pirate bay is well know for grandiose schemes.  I believe at one point they were also talking about buying an old satellite, and/or relocating to or buying Sealand.  The only thing they have ever successfully done is move servers to other countries with less restrictive copy write laws.

 

They probably got this idea from the "Pirate Box", and I expect these to actually become very common over the next decade or so.  I would be child's play for one of us to lift one of these devices with a drone.  The only question would be would it have any value other than range to a legitimate user ? 

Comment by David M Eno on March 22, 2012 at 8:09am
Comment by Maxime Carrier on March 22, 2012 at 9:04am

Sad, but maybe in the future that will become the only way to keep our liberty, to find idea like that.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on March 22, 2012 at 11:47am

What kind of drones I wonder? Certainly not the multirotor depected in the article.

Surely something floating would be more feasible?

Comment by Ellison Chan on March 22, 2012 at 2:14pm

It would save countries lots of money.  They wouldn't have to pay for targeting drones to practice with, instead they could just send their ships out and hunt Pirates Bay Server Drones.

Comment by Dan on March 22, 2012 at 4:40pm

Here's a way to deal with the power issue - tether it to a boat that has a generator. Similar to this concept:

http://skysapience.com/products/images-and-videos
Comment by David M Eno on March 22, 2012 at 6:15pm

How is that in any way different from having a router on your property?


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Comment by Sgt Ric on March 22, 2012 at 6:44pm
Height = range
Comment by Hein du Plessis on March 22, 2012 at 9:34pm

Antennas on barges?

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