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Satellites as new drones

In 2040, a huge amount of new micro-satellites will be in orbit and travelling through our solar system. This system, critical for earth and inner-solar-system communication gains new attention for satellite hackers not only to control and sniff on communication but also to abuse this system to control connected devices and the satellites itself. Base ransom to advanced "destroy" -focussed attacks may be possible.

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Lion Kimbro I don't agree -- but not because I don't think your basic idea is right. But rather, it's the hijacking of the systems that I think is off. I think there will be very sophisticated encryption of the system, perhaps even using one-time pads. I'm thinking: The bandwidth will be very low, and the cost of the data storage for the one-time-pad will be so cheap (ROM data density increasing), that this encryption method could be feasible. So the system would be nearly bulletproof -- at least the space-based portion. On the ground, systems will continue to be hackable, so perhaps you are right. 29 Sep 2019
Fakyou Marco, releasing miniature drones will be very difficult and making them just to recreate the far from home movie I mean what? I think we should create flying cars and robots because they are obviously our future. And they have been our future for like 34 years. 15 Aug 2019
Neil Although this form of satellite has already been played with, there could be drawbacks to this idea, which may draw companies towards communication atmospheric drones. As regards to the hacking element, this might be correctable by creating a AI driven 'hand shake' between the intended drone and transceiving units. 08 Apr 2019
Japh Mojar omg 06 Feb 2019
Антон Дождиков Вполне возможно, что официальные власти введут некий лимит на создание миниатюрных спутников частными лицами. С тем условием. чтобы их можно было легко отследить и идентифицировать. 06 Feb 2019
Eden Moran If the world lives that long. I mean in 2040 the Sun might have exploded or Imploded. Who cares if we are sill alive the Earth might not be. 06 Feb 2019
Paddy Mark That's a possibility Marco. But I think humanity has a growing propensity to do things right and security is not left out. The trusted companies or governing/leading institutions have a great role to play. I very much believe that that future holds very good promises for us. 06 Feb 2019
Taurus 在未来,人们会越来越依赖科技,只要是省事、省时、省力的技术都会快速得到发展。 06 Feb 2019
Aris Setiawan amazing prediction, I'm giving salutely 06 Feb 2019
Kai_West The speed of light will be the speed of information in 2040 as it is today. Thereby, communication over satellites in the orbit is not very attractive in most use-cases. The latency will simply stay the limiting factor. 06 Feb 2019
Adil Munir i am waiting for this technology. 06 Feb 2019
Heng Mc Superluminal communication lead China companies to lauch big cyphers sattelytes and every one can launch your own attached satellyte like a wifi router, but whole world communication (near 2035). No more Roaming! Already is a reality, but just for big companies (~2025). 06 Feb 2019
Allen Shepard Satellites for optical and thermal surveillance seems plausible. They may beam down commercials, cell phones and information but the time lag for communication is too great. Even Iridium would have a noticeable lag that is fine to us but not in 30 years. 06 Feb 2019
fatiha It will be unmanageable 06 Feb 2019
pelado no you arent roght because my father has a drone fabric and he says that u are just poor people who cant justificate what is going to happen because you didnt finish highschool and you are gpoing to die 06 Feb 2019
Gabriel Vargas #CDG 06 Feb 2019
Bryan M Rodríguez Totally agree, this is where technology is going 06 Feb 2019
Derek Balke With launch technology progressing and the capability of wireless transmission increasing this seems reasonable to me. 2040 might be a little ambitious, but not out of the realm of plausibility in my opinion. It would take quite the swarm to overcome current problems plaguing such efforts such as latency and coverage gaps, but with enough satellites this could probably be resolved. However one problem I do not see going away anytime soon and I am not sure if anyone else has brought it up is the presence of high velocity orbital debris which could pose an existential physical threat to such a system. I think that a comprehensive strategy to reduce and control debris needs to be implemented before such a wide scale system is attempted, if not the probability of a "Kessler Syndrome" increases considerably with each new satellite. In the near term it might be more advantageous to dock mini satellites to existing satellites to extend their lifespan and capability. This may advance the goal of increased system coverage and capacity without introducing a significant increase in risk of an orbital chain reaction catastrophe. 06 Feb 2019
Thomas Scheer I was hoping to see that they'd finish 45 south 06 Feb 2019
johny i reject this guess because i will be too unmangeable and it is unlikely to happen 06 Feb 2019