Keith Lofstrom

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 .

Proposals for this user

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

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?
Chemistry 2013-03-21 23:27:58 +0000
Keith Lofstrom