The Blockstream Satellite service broadcasts Bitcoin blockchain data (transactions and blocks), Lightning Network gossip data snapshots, and Bitcoin full node source code from geosynchronous satellites blanketing most of the world. The service is essentially acting as a relay for a Bitcoin Core node which Blockstream operates. In the context of…


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Unlike Bitcoin nodes, which must process all payments on the network, Lightning nodes only process the payments routed through them. Therefore the bottleneck to payment throughput becomes a matter of connection latency, hardware performance, and channel liquidity (depending on the payment size).

Blockstream’s c-lightning implementation is…


Blockstream Satellite is a service which provides a broadcast of Bitcoin blockchain data, Lightning Network gossip data, and users’ custom data via a network of geosynchronous satellites. …


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This guide is for building and using c-lightning on the Liquid sidechain to create Lightning payment channels. With these payment channels, users can transact Liquid-BTC (bitcoin transferred to the Liquid sidechain) instantly and privately.

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No internet? No problem!

tl;dr: A guide to use WiFi to connect your local area with Bitcoin and arbitrary data received with Blockstream Satellite.

Steps:

Build a Blockstream Satellite Receiver
* Install Ubuntu 18.04
* Install Blockstream Satellite software
* Align the dish to the satellite
Connect WiFi Hardware to Satellite Receiver…

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