I have had a long term interest in exploring how to build low cost satellite infrastructure to support educational projects such as the MIT OLPC XO laptop…

Here is an XO given to me by OLPC when I gave a talk at their MIT HQ, these days a tablet is probably better…





The link below points to a pdf of some Impress slides outlining a low cost ($100 per receiver), fast (up to 80Mbps), solar powered (4Watt receiver) content delivery network proposal I did for the One Laptop Per Child project. With a monthly cost of around 25 cents/student in large deployments it could be implemented immediately, and is complementary to other Internet connectivity such as Wifi mesh, data-mule, or two-way satellite. 

One Laptop Per Child Logo 
Ubiquitous Content Overlay by Satellite

Pages 1-43 of this pdf contains full size slides, pages 44-96 contains slides w/notes (best to read)

Together with Roland Burger we organized a special session at Satellite 2008 in Washington DC, where I gave an overview talk:








I had intended to do a version 2 that gets down to actual satellite link budgets, and exact costs, etc. based on a traffic model and deployment scenario, but at this point the community has shown little interest, partly because of misleading claims by large satellite operators.