I was roped into Outernet with the fundraiser and the image of this TINY little box with solar paneled sides.
Can someone explain what that prototype / graphic design is supposed to represent in the project? I take it that is a miniature individual style device, but I don’t see dish or other things that are needed to feed such today. Optimistic future design?
I like the concept here and am a FTA novice, but active interest that comes and goes.
I was thinking about form factor and design of realistic deployment, say for a town, village etc.
My thoughts are old phone booth meets satellite installation meets cement piling.
Simply, tubular steel sections able to be affixed with hand tools and fasteners. That arm vertical from sub-soil level up to needed height – 8ft~ ? The entire section on center in a column of poured concrete. Perhaps some modular cut outs for gear and boxes on the column [i.e. where the Pi goes and related radios + power gear].
Rather cheap to do, all with hand tools and locally sourced materials.
Top of pillar stack would resemble a communications cluster - satellite dish, perhaps a real external wifi antenna or several depending. Of course solar panel up there also.