Building a Distributed Satellite Ground Station Network - A Call To Arms

Hackers need satellites. Hackers need internet over satellites. Satellites require ground stations. Let's build them!

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As proposed by Nick Farr et al at CCCamp11, we - the hacker community - are in desperate need for our own communication infrastructure. So here we are, answering the call for the Hacker Space Program with our proposal of a distributed satellite communications ground station network. An affordable way to bring satellite communications to a hackerspace near you.
We're proposing a multi-step approach to work towards this goal by setting up a distributed network of ground stations which will ensure a 24/7 communication window - first tracking, then communicating with satellites.
The current state of a proof of concept implementation will be presented.