The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) explores the use of blockchain technology for inter-satellite communication. The use of blockchain tech will allow satellites to store shared data relevant to its constellation, enabling autonomous communications. Known as the Space Communication Reconstruction and Mapping with Blockchain Ledgering, the project falls under NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer Scheme. NASA awarded the $124,000 project to Orbit Logic and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering, the space agency revealed in its proposal summary this week.
NASA explores blockchain tech for communication.
The Space Communication Reconstruction and Mapping with Blockchain Ledgering will be combined with Orbit Logic’s existing autonomous planning system, “allowing the constellation as a whole to achieve greater overall system utility through agent-supported asset teaming strategies.” The solution’s blockchain algorithm will allow any NASA spacecraft to autonomously determine the most effective communication method with any other node. It will also enable the spacecraft to overcome any communications disruptions or disconnections. NASA has been exploring blockchain technology for a few years now. Earlier, the space agency released a blockchain prototype for transmitting air traffic data that preserves privacy.
Blockchain adoption increases amid the ongoing global pandemic.
Blockchain adoption has increased this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As reported earlier, the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia (MinTIC) urged the country to adopt blockchain technology. Governments all over the world are exploring the idea of blockchain technology and its use in different sectors. The MinTIC cited six countries that have advanced in their adoption of blockchain technology and the benefits they are now enjoying. The countries mentioned by the ministry include Estonia, China, United Arab Emirates, the US, and Canada. Later last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the country to take the lead in the blockchain sector.