The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) made a loud announcement about conducting a mutual research project on Blockchain together with University of Akron (UA). The research project of the two scientific powerhouses, aims on implementing the Blockchain technology for space communication and navigation purposes.
As announced on the official website of UA, a faculty member from the university’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department, Jin Kocsis, received a special grant which will help her get involved and contribute into the big research project. The awarded grant is worth $330,000 which will be utilized to complete the research project which is titled “Resilient Networking and Computing Paradigm (RNCP)”.
According to Kocsis, the new project will help in creation of a technology that will allow spacecraft to become more efficient while being in orbit in addition to collecting more data in a seamless manner. It was also stated that the new technology will provide the researchers in the field the ability to foresee and respond to environmental threats in a timely manner hence preventing many avoidable disasters. In the official message by the researcher it was also mentioned that they will be using Ethereum-based blockchain technology in order to develop a decentralized, secure, and cognitive networking and computing infrastructure. This will allow a deep space exploration. Further on the blockchain consensus protocols will be used to improve the resilience of the entire infrastructure.
Meantime Communications Program Manager at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Thomas Kacpura, stated that the project is an important ongoing initiation which is first of its kind. He also mentioned that they see a huge potential of blockchain within the domain of space-navigation.
The Blockchain technology has already been used within various unique scientific and industrial domains and this recent announcement reinforces the new technology’s strong position as one of the most innovative digital breakthroughs of this century.