NASA is not known to have a presence in the crypto community, but has just made an investment of $ 330,000 USD in a program that uses Ethereum for a new innovative purpose. Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis, who is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Akron University, has just received a $ 330,000 three-year grant from the Career Faculty at NASA.
be used for research on "Networking Paradigm and Resilient Computing (RNCP)," which will use the smart-contract technology based on Ethereum. Instead of using Ethereum to create FinTech applications, or adorable pets online, Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis thinks that smart contracts could be used to program a spaceship.
Dr. Kocsis explained what he is working on the following way,
"In this project, Ethereum's blockchain technology will be exploited to develop a decentralized, secure and cognitive network and a computing infrastructure for the exploration of the deep space ", he continued," The blockchain consensus protocols will be further explored to improve the resilience of the infrastructure. "
NASA supports Smart-Contract innovation
The use of intelligent contracts to explore deep space is an interesting idea. The challenge that the smart contracts of Ethereum could face for NASA is the longer latency time that exists for the communication between the Earth and the distant spacecraft. Without a human pilot, make sure that a spacecraft does what it should be complicated.
Many of the benefits that blockchain brings in other areas seem to support this application. Dr. Kocsis's choice to use blockchain technology seems to be a vote in favor of its stability. The blockchain architecture is based on the idea that changes to the underlying code running a system are almost impossible, so it makes sense because it could be useful for a platform that simply can not tolerate any kind of error.
Ethereum is also an interesting platform because it is pre-made with so many features. Smart contracts were probably not designed with standalone space vehicles in mind, but their reliability and ease of programming demonstrate the latent potential in many of these new platforms. Like many tools, blockchain technology can be applied to industries that we can not currently imagine.
Dr. Kocsis is not alone in the development of Blockchain spaces
There are other companies that are working with space blockchain platforms. SpaceChain has launched the first orbiting blockchain node at the start of this year and, by all accounts, their new design concept is evolving. In addition to managing the first orbital blockchain node, SpaceChain has developed the open source SpaceChain operating system, which will allow the independent development of dApp.
SpaceChain is taking a very different approach to space-based blockchain, but their orbital platform could help many groups to access satellite technology that otherwise would not have been able to do so . SpaceChain has attracted the support of the Silicon Valley heavyweight Tim Draper and also of the Chinese Chinese Space Agency.
Jeff Garzik, Chief Technological Officer at SpaceChain said this about their goals at the start of this year, "We will be able to perform missions that fit the blockchain philosophy, and our philosophy it revolves around openness, transparency and collective collaboration. "
Working at multiple levels
As Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis has shown, blockchain skills are beginning to become evident. What started as the technical back-end for Bitcoin has become a global technology phenomenon. Now it seems that blockchain can represent a leap forward for solid programming, which also saves developers time.
Blockchain can add exploration of deep space to a long list of uses. It is also adapted for use in international logistics, intelligent IoT technology and games. None of these applications was part of the original design process that brought blockchain to the world, but now people are finding new ways to use technology that is gaining ground in various industries.