Blockstream to Release Satellite API

Using satellite service user can access the Bitcoin network even without the Internet worldwide
17 January 2019   450

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.

Bitcoin SV Blockchain to Undergo Reorganization

This happened due to the fact that some blocks were rejected by Bitcoin SV blockchain
19 April 2019   104

Several blocks were rejected by the Bitcoin SV network after the addition, which caused the re-organization in the blockchain's history.

Almost each time someone is trying to produce a very large block on the BSV chain, there’s a reorg. Just an hour ago our Blockchair engine has witnessed a 3-block reorg (I think that's a record)! Blocks #578640–578642 got orphaned by a longer chain because they were too big

Nikita Zhavoronkov

Lead developer, Blockchair

The large blocks, about which Zhavoronkov writes, are no longer displayed by the blockchain browser, since they are not part of the main chain in which they were located until a certain moment, until they were replaced by another chain, which eventually became dominant.

This is basically exactly the problem the BU gigabock testnet identified. At sizes > 100mb the mempools were so out of sync that blocks were basically transmitted as full blocks.

BSV had ONE 128mb block and it caused a six block reorg. On the BU testnet sustained 128mb blocks caused a total breakdown of the chain where there were so many reorgs that every node had a different view of the state of the blockchain.

Chris Pacia

Developer, Bitcoin

Thus, Chris assumes that the problem is caused not by the malicious actions of the network members, but by its functional bug. 

This update is noticeable in the background of recent Bitcoin SV delisting campaign, which was started by the number of big exchanges as a reply to lawsuit by Craig Wright, BSV supporter, against anonymous critic.