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Saturday, April 21, 2018

NASA Using Smart Contracts

Been examining applications of smart contracts in general,  and also as implemented by Blockchain architectures.   Here something new from work by NASA.    NASA has previously done quite a bit of work using autonomous navigation, say for planetary rovers,  how is this different?    Examining.    Welcome some input.

NASA Researches Ethereum Blockchain Tech for Deep Space Exploration 
CCN Magazine    By Samburaj Das

A U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research project aims to use the Ethereum blockchain's smart contracts technology to automate spacecraft maneuvering while avoiding space debris. The "Resilient Networking and Computing Paradigm" project will leverage blockchain to make space communications and navigation more efficient and safer. Jin Wei Kocsis, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Akron, received a three-year, $330,000 NASA grant to develop a cognitive architecture for the project that will eliminate the need for spacecraft to rely on information from scientists on Earth. If successful, Ethereum-based smart contracts will help spacecraft "think on their own" to detect and evade floating space debris. The decentralized architecture could help the spacecraft automate data gathering, freeing up scientists on Earth to analyze the data rather than calculating flight paths to anticipate environmental hazards.  .... " 

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