The Pirate Bay are considering moving their servers into the sky aboard low-orbit, unmanned drones in an attempt to thwart the ground-based authorities looking to close the file sharing site down.
Looking to harness the power of super-small PCs like the Raspberry Pi, the site claims their new method would require aerial military action in order to see them closed down, evading earthbound piracy laws.
“With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air,” explained the Pirate Bay team in the post.
“This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.”
“We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore.
“These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.
“But when time comes we will host in all parts of the galaxy, being true to our slogan of being the galaxy’s most resilient system. And all of the parts we’ll use to build that system on will be downloadable.”
The first signs of paranoia-induced madness kicking in for the Pirate Bay team, or a genius (if crazy) way of circumventing the pressure they’re facing from authorities on the ground? Either way one thing’s for certain; their ship won’t sink without a hell of a fight.