Server Sky - Data Centers in Orbit, Internet for the Planet

Short Form


Can Portland hackers bring internet to the developing world, solve the energy crisis, heal the planet, conquer the solar system, make history, and have a lot of fun doing so?


Server sky proposes to design and launch millions (someday trillions) of very small, ultralight weight “thinsats” that swarm and self-assemble in orbit into large computation and communication arrays, providing enormous bandwidth and compute power to the entire world, powered by sunlight in space. We can build these satellites with factories in the Portland area (Intel, SolarWorld, TriQuint, Sharp), and program them with the best open source talent on the planet.

A /lot/ of programming is involved.

See the wiki at for more.

Speaking experience

About 80 presentations, including OSCON, hackers, space conferences, electronics conferences, telecom conferences, NASA, local IEEE meetings, OMSI, and not least, Open Source Bridge, on many subjects. This will be a new show, but will draw from webslide shows such as this presentation at NIST Gaithersburg last December:


  • Keith Lofstrom

    Server Sky


    Who is Keith Lofstrom? (

    Keith is a 59 year old mixed-signal integrated circuit designer in Beaverton, Oregon. He is currently working on Server Sky, data centers in orbit, using large arrays of small, ultrathin satellites to turn space solar power into computing and data communications.

    Keith invented the Launch Loop, a space launch system, in 1981. This speculative space launch system can be built with existing technologies and launch thousands of tons into orbit per day at costs below $5/kg.

    Keith is active in open source and the Portland Linux Unix Group. Keith’s server hosts the dirvish disk-to-disk backup program, based on rsync and written in Perl. Keith has a special interest in low power, high efficiency computing.

    Keith has written for Kluwer Press, various IEEE journals, SysAdmin magazine, Liberty magazine, aerospace journals, and Analog .