NASA has allocated $ 330 000 USD of grant money to the team of scientists looking into the potential usability of blockchain technology in space communications.
The sponsored team of researchers led by Dr. Jen Wei, assistant professor of computer engineering at the University of Akron, recently began working on the Resilent Networking and Computer Paradigm intended for space exploration.
“The work done by [Dr.] Wei will advance cognitive communications for NASA science and exploration by developing a resilient networking and computing paradigm that will improve the efficiency of space communications,” noted a post on the University of Akron’s website.
RNCP will be built on the Ethereum blockchain network operation principles, reinforced by AI deep learning mechanisms. Theoretically, this may become a new milestone in the development of semi-autonomous machines that are being designed to reduce the time lag between the Earth-based controller’s command and the space machine’s response to it through making some decisions by themselves.
“We will employ the blockchain technique to design a secure and decentralized infrastructure for processing the massive data for space exploration and related science,” reads the synopsis of the research.
Potentially, RCNP will also be able to reduce the need for man-operated spacecraft safety management systems, enabling space vehicles to predict and react to wide range of operational threats. The underlying blockchain technology may also be used for data collection and storage, as its decentralized nature ensures better preservation of critical data collected by space vehicles.