NASA sees potential in Ethereum’s blockchain and is looking to harness its smart contract feature to automate spacecraft. This will allow them to automatically dodge debris floating in space and that way, NASA will be able to safely reach deep space.
Using this technology, NASA aims to improve communication and navigation in order to make spaceships more efficient. Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis from University of Akron (UA), will lead this project dubbed “Resilient Networking and Computing Program”.
The lead researcher will develop a self-learning system for the spacecraft so they can maneuver in harsh conditions without relying on information manually sent by scientists from Earth. The team has received $330,000 in funding for its three-year-long research. Dr. Kocsis said,
In this project, the Ethereum blockchain technology will be exploited to develop a decentralized, 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.
Will Save Time
The researchers aim to use decentralized blockchain technology to carry out most tasks cognitively so that scientists can focus more on the data their probes gather rather than spending their time evaluating flight details and maneuvering their spacecraft.
I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically.
NASA’s Thomas Kacpura says that blockchain networking could lead to “next generation space networks” if used extensively in space projects. Moreover, this project has the potential to bring “decentralized processing among NASA’s space network nodes in a secure fashion”.