I would be curious to know what the best uplink hardware characteristics are? (power needed hardware, cost) Is it possible to broadcast back, up to the satellites? Getting internet to all reaches of the world is a real game changer, some uplink bandwidth also is very huge. Maybe you have solved this with the new low orbit satellites…
In the world of crazy ideas than might work can I throw a couple out? The “cantenna” has been successful in reaching long distances with wifi; could a cantenna be designed up boost a wifi signal enough the satellite could read it. One might have a satellite dish with a cell phone charger on the end strategically placed where your phone then becomes a broadcaster/receiver. I could imagine women in Africa cooking dinner early so they can use the pot to broadcast and receive signals.
Cell phones vary greatly in technology. While I suspect the government has satellites that can read our cell phone signals, some phones have ranges of 20-40 miles (random internet site), (digital phones are actually less powerful than old analog phones.) Could a phone be cycled, turn it on and off, in such a way as to morse code a transmission to a satellite? The satellite could keep track of when it heard the SSID and when it didn’t. Over the period of a few minutes, could one transmit a a few hundred characters? A text message. Using this cellular transmitter -coupled with a cantenna or dish would it be possible to have some (very limited) upload capacity?
I know there are inflatable satellite dishes-and I guess dishes are a thing of precision; could a mylar ballon-the type sick people get in a hospital- be turned into a satellite dish?
Even a small radio -that could be plugged into a headphone jack on a phone and turned off and on might make this so much more accessible.
I am just very excited to see that internet is going out to all the world as is… and that it is cheap, and sustainable. While the passenger pigeon, pony express and morse code all revolutionized communication, some communication back, even at the level of morse code will mean so much to people.
I suppose we could always take pictures of the words spelled out with rocks, (ie SOS on the beach) but there has to be better ways.
Thanks for thoughts…