They announced the ambitious plan at the Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) that was held this week in Berlin.
The initiators of the project HackerSpace Global Grid are also planning to build ground stations aimed at communicating with the satellites.
Hobbyists have alreay lauched a few small satellites into space, but the tracking of the devices appears to be difficult for low budget projects. Armin Bauer, a 26-year-old enthusiast from Stuttgart who is working on the Hackerspace Global Grid tricky said that amateur satellites are hard to pinpoint precisely from the ground.
According to hacker Nick Farr, the idea came because of the growing threat from the internet censorship. “The first goal is to have free internet in space. Let us control over the Internet away from earthly entities,” said Farr in an interview for BBC.
He reminded of controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the United States as an example of the kind of threat to online freedom. If the SOPA anti-piracy plan is adopted, some sites would be blocked under copyright violation.
The hackers are hoping for longer term to put a man on the Moon. That would be possible sometime in the coming 23 years from now.