Nexus Satellite

SATELLITE NETWORK

In partnership with Vector Space Systems (Vector), Nexus will provide global access to its digital currency and autonomous Internet infrastructure using Vector’s Galactic Sky software-defined platform in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network. Nexus intends to build both ground and space-based mesh networks to host a variety of distributed applications and services. This advanced technology brings affordable access to a global information network for all.

Distributed HARDWARE

Nexus will be launching blockchain into orbit, bringing the dream of total decentralization closer to reality. A Nexus satellite network will complement existing infrastructure, extending Nexus’s reach around the globe and will reduce reliance on centralized networks. With each satellite acting as a full node, it will incentivize individuals and organizations to participate and ultimately enabling a true decentralized infrastructure.

APPLICATION Platform

Satellites operate as nodes of the Nexus blockchain, forming part of the smart contract platform. A space-based platform offers greater redundancy and security for decentralized applications since satellites are resistant to regulation or control by government and corporate entities. Third-party applications can be hosted on satellites directly and take advantage of the Nexus network. This business model supports the sustainability of the network and provides satellite owners with additional revenue streams.

OPEN Internet Access

The Nexus satellite network bridges the gap between existing networks and areas lacking infrastructure, providing reliable and affordable Internet access around the world. Revenue generated by the network’s commercial applications and blockchain model pays for the maintenance and operation of the network, lowering costs for the end user. Specialized ground stations will allow uncensored access to the satellite network and will be publicly available for purchase.

VECTOR SPACE SYSTEMS

Vector Space Systems is an innovative leader in the nanosatellite sector and was established to develop affordable launch capabilities and in-orbit platforms. Vector co-founder and CEO Jim Cantrell was part of the founding team of Elon Musk’s SpaceX as well as Moon Express, the first private company to attempt a moon landing. Larger companies like SpaceX focus on launching mid to large-size satellites into geosynchronous orbit (GEO), but Vector is providing affordable launches by engineering smaller reusable rockets. Nexus will purchase rockets and use the spare capacity of other launches when possible. Our partnership with Vector allows their clients to pay for launches using NXS.

ORBITAL MESH NETWORK

Nexus will lease satellites from Galactic Sky starting in 2018 at a discounted rate in return for testing the platform. These satellites will store blockchain signature data and will operate as full staking nodes, greatly enhancing the reliability and performance of the network.

Over 2019, Nexus aims to deploy community-owned cubesats to create its own constellation. Once our hardware designs are finalized and open source, individuals will be able to add their own satellites to the network pool and profit from their space capacity. The constellation will also be available to other developers to host their own software applications and provide data storage.

The Nexus orbital mesh network will consist of a range of cubesats from the sub-1U to the larger 3U satellites in LEO, each orbiting the Earth approximately every 90 minutes. Phillip Swazey who worked with Iridium, a satellite communication company that has a constellation of 72 satellites in GEO, is currently designing the preliminary 1U satellite for Phase 1 deployment.

The orbital mesh network will be designed in two layers: a relay layer and an outer processing and storage layer. Initially, relay cubesats will symbiotically communicate with ground mesh hardware by hand radio frequencies UHF and VHF, which are much easier to obtain FCC licenses for, supplying adequate bandwidth to support transactions and other services. In the future Nexus cubesats will communicate on S-band, a wifi range that is capable of transferring much more data.

GROUND MESH NETWORK

By building a supporting ground mesh network, Nexus will create global coverage without having the latency issues experienced by most satellite providers. We estimate that a constellation of 300 cubesats will be required to provide full ground coverage. Nexus envisions thousands of cubesats in LEO by 2025.

The ground-based mesh network will help scale and balance data transmission between ground and orbital nodes so that satellite access is not necessary at all times. Individually-owned client devices like cell phones and computers will connect to receiving devices such as satellite dishes which will communicate with the cubesats. This connectivity will increase speed and efficiency and create ad hoc networks that do not rely on gatekeeping hardware or a central access point such as a router, serving to make the Nexus network even more distributed. We are currently designing hardware and software for ground devices and once the designs are finalized, they will be open source.

Nexus Satellite

SATELLITE NETWORK

In partnership with Vector Space Systems (Vector), Nexus will provide global access to its digital currency and autonomous Internet infrastructure using Vector’s Galactic Sky software-defined platform in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network. Nexus intends to build both ground and space-based mesh networks to host a variety of distributed applications and services. This advanced technology brings affordable access to a global information network for all.

Distributed HARDWARE

Nexus will be launching blockchain into orbit, bringing the dream of total decentralization closer to reality. A Nexus satellite network will complement existing infrastructure, extending Nexus’s reach around the globe and will reduce reliance on centralized networks. With each satellite acting as a full node, it will incentivize individuals and organizations to participate and ultimately enabling a true decentralized infrastructure.

Application Platform

Satellites operate as nodes of the Nexus blockchain, forming part of the smart contract platform. A space-based platform offers greater redundancy and security for decentralized applications since satellites are resistant to regulation or control by government and corporate entities. Third-party applications can be hosted on satellites directly and take advantage of the Nexus network. This business model supports the sustainability of the network and provides satellite owners with additional revenue streams.

OPEN Internet Access

The Nexus satellite network bridges the gap between existing networks and areas lacking infrastructure, providing reliable and affordable Internet access around the world. Revenue generated by the network’s commercial applications and blockchain model pays for the maintenance and operation of the network, lowering costs for the end user. Specialized ground stations will allow uncensored access to the satellite network and will be publicly available for purchase.

VECTOR SPACE SYSTEMS

Vector Space Systems is an innovative leader in the nanosatellite sector and was established to develop affordable launch capabilities and in-orbit platforms. Vector co-founder and CEO Jim Cantrell was part of the founding team of Elon Musk’s SpaceX as well as Moon Express, the first private company to attempt a moon landing. Larger companies like SpaceX focus on launching mid to large-size satellites into geosynchronous orbit (GEO), but Vector is providing affordable launches by engineering smaller reusable rockets. Nexus will purchase rockets and use the spare capacity of other launches when possible. Our partnership with Vector allows their clients to pay for launches using NXS.

ORBITAL MESH NETWORK

Nexus will lease satellites from Galactic Sky starting in 2018 at a discounted rate in return for testing the platform. These satellites will store blockchain signature data and will operate as full staking nodes, greatly enhancing the reliability and performance of the network.

Over 2019, Nexus aims to deploy community-owned cubesats to create its own constellation. Once our hardware designs are finalized and open source, individuals will be able to add their own satellites to the network pool and profit from their space capacity. The constellation will also be available to other developers to host their own software applications and provide data storage.

The Nexus orbital mesh network will consist of a range of cubesats from the sub-1U to the larger 3U satellites in LEO, each orbiting the Earth approximately every 90 minutes. Phillip Swazey who worked with Iridium, a satellite communication company that has a constellation of 72 satellites in GEO, is currently designing the preliminary 1U satellite for Phase 1 deployment.

The orbital mesh network will be designed in two layers: a relay layer and an outer processing and storage layer. Initially, relay cubesats will symbiotically communicate with ground mesh hardware by hand radio frequencies UHF and VHF, which are much easier to obtain FCC licenses for, supplying adequate bandwidth to support transactions and other services. In the future Nexus cubesats will communicate on S-band, a wifi range that is capable of transferring much more data.

GROUND MESH NETWORK

By building a supporting ground mesh network, Nexus will create global coverage without having the latency issues experienced by most satellite providers. We estimate that a constellation of 300 cubesats will be required to provide full ground coverage. Nexus envisions thousands of cubesats in LEO by 2025.

The ground-based mesh network will help scale and balance data transmission between ground and orbital nodes so that satellite access is not necessary at all times. Individually-owned client devices like cell phones and computers will connect to receiving devices such as satellite dishes which will communicate with the cubesats. This connectivity will increase speed and efficiency and create ad hoc networks that do not rely on gatekeeping hardware or a central access point such as a router, serving to make the Nexus network even more distributed. We are currently designing hardware and software for ground devices and once the designs are finalized, they will be open source.