Building Your Own Bitcoin Satellite Node: Part 2 – Software Installation

In Part 2 of 3 of Grubles’ guide, you will learn how to install the required software for aligning and receiving blocks from a Blockstream satellite.

Running a satellite node is a way to receive Bitcoin without having to pay for and use traditional internet service providers that may or may not censor your connection. ISP’s may even shut down your connection for any number of reasons. Without a satellite downlink, or a mobile device with cellular data, you may not be able to receive Bitcoin data.

Currently the Blockstream Satellite software only runs on Linux, so the barrier to setting up a satellite node is fairly high. Grubles gives you a step-by-step approach to installing the software, however. You should be able to simply copy and paste the command-line commands and have no issue.

CEO of Blockstream Adam Back, in an interview with, stated:

We see the Blockstream Satellite service as one stepping stone to decentralizing Bitcoin by radically reducing node cost and therefore scaling the ability for people to run nodes.”

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