NASA’s blockchain exploration
Space travel and exploration has steadily been on the rise for the past few decades. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has been very persistent with the developments in interstellar space travel and missions to planets and moons.
Many Governmental and non-Governmental entities have been sending spaceships to the outer space and space station. NASA is now seeking to take care of a long time problem with space debris meanly from spacecraft.
This problem is known as the Kessler’s Syndrome effect and can cause damages and collisions to spacecraft or missiles.
This brings a direct impact on the costs of operation and resources that are required to restore services. Proposals have been put forth for the safety concerns pertaining to man and unmanned spacecraft with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the year 2020.
Due to the above challenge, the cooperation is now working towards the integration of blockchain technology in spacecraft in order to detect debris without the need for human intervention.
According to NASA’s website, crypto tokens can be embedded into its ADS-B system in order to combat malicious activities and authenticating transmissions.
This will give NASA scientists the freedom to use their time more efficiently for advanced space travel and exploration.
The advance communications program manager at the agency said that the objective of the blockchain technology will enhance ground and space communications and the company thinks cryptography can be used to address problems with security.
Blockchain development in space stations
This blockchain service that will be integrated is like a Hyperledger Fabric that can authorize smart contracts and will provide private and secure services for the communication with the space station and aircraft.
The assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NASA mentioned that:
“In this project, the Ethereum blockchain technology will be exploited to develop a decentralised, secure, and cognitive networking and computing infrastructure for deep space exploration. The blockchain consensus protocols will be further explored to improve the resilience of the infrastructure. I hope to develop technology that can recognise environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically.”
NASA has been busy exploring the blockchain since its announcement last year to start funding and co-organising research projects using the Ethereum Blockchain smart contract capabilities.