NASA Funds an Autonomous Spacecraft that uses Blockchain
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) would reportedly be funding a research program to build a spacecraft which would use the Blockchain technology.
Jin Wei Kocsis, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Akron, Ohio, has recently received a 330,000 USD NASA grant in support of her research. She said the research program will be examining various applications of Ethereum-based Blockchain technology to develop a computing system which would safe and could be used in deep space. She 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… I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically. I am honored that NASA recognized my work, and I am excited to continue challenging technology’s ability to think and do on its own.”
The system would be using the “smart contracts” technology for building the spacecraft which would be able to think for itself. By enabling the spacecraft to automatically detect and steer clear of the floating debris quickly. She hopes that the technology would help the spacecraft to be smart enough to complete more difficult tasks, generate more data, and provide scientists with more time to process that data. Since scientists won’t have to be worried about anticipating environmental threats, they would have more time to analyze the data provided by the spacecraft.
We have already seen how the use of blockchain has helped in developing various industries. With this project, the Blockchain technology would find its way deeper into the industry.