The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is supporting a development of an autonomous spacecraft that will use Blockchain technology to make its own decisions. The craft will be able to work without human intervention.
Jin Wei Kocsis, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Akron, Ohio, received a NASA grant of $330k for the research. The research will be into the application of Ethereum-based Blockchain technology in developing a computing system to be used in deep space. Jin Wei Kocsis explains:
“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 will use smart contracts technology. It will enable the spacecraft to to “think” and decide for itself. It will enable it to detect and avoid debris and perform a range of other tasks.
The University of Akron did not specify a timeline for the tech to be sent to space yet. According to Thomas Kacpura, advanced communications program manager at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, explained that this is the first time the center considered Blockchain technology for space communications and navigation.
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