Research Project @ die Angewandte

Secom – Secure Global Communication

The situation

How secure are the networks we use to communicate today?
If we could put a new system in place, how would it work?

We need to break out of the commercialized, profit oriented, insecure at their core and heavily censored telecom systems of today. Imagine a network that is completely decentral, uncompromisable, owned by the participants, without censorships or shutdowns.

As we see commercial spaceflight evolve, satellites that are no bigger than your palm are becoming a reality. In foreseeable future we could own and operate our own satellites orbiting earth just like we own smartphones today. Satellites, being up in space are physically inaccessible and to intercept directed radiowaves something would need to be between you and your satellite, which makes communication with satellites very secure. Linking your satellite with other trusted satellites would create a global secure network where we own our own communication infrastructure.

The design proposal

This tool works like storing data in a cloud, it automatically synchronizes your data with your private satellite as it passes by and becomes available once an hour. While traveling around the world possibilities like broadcasting to any geographic location become available, but most importantly your satellite is the only machine touching your data before reaching its destination on ground.

How willing are we to adapt to a non-realtime network for the safety of our data and privacy?

We have designed the communication unit (or base station), which we feed with the data and which synchronizes this content to your satellite once it becomes available. It rotates to point at the satellite and uses directed encrypted radiowaves for transmission. The unraveling dish structure is used for amplification, but also as an analog indicator as to when your satellite becomes available.

What we did

Design Research
Product Design
CAD / 3D
Rendering & Visualization
Model Making
3D Printing