Blockstream has introduced an application programming interface (API) for its satellite service, with which users anywhere in the world can access the Bitcoin network even without the Internet. In this case, the commission will be temporarily paid in the Lightning Network test network.
The API will allow application developers to broadcast any data on the Bitcoin network, and ordinary users will get this opportunity through the portal on the company's website.
Blockstream claims that most of the world's population will be able to get a message if they have a satellite dish, several low-cost components and a computer.
The company leased four general purpose satellites. The latest model, TELSTAR 18V, was launched in September 2018.
Blockstream representatives also created a separate discussion thread on Reddit and urged the community to ask questions.
The company launched a beta version of a satellite messaging service on the Bitcoin network in August last year. In December, it became known that Blockstream Satellite users will get access to Lightning payments.