Ethereum has once again proved its mettle as one of the most reliable blockchain-based platforms for tackling challenges of any type and scale. Lately, the apex space agency in US, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has expressed interest in utilising Ethereum Smart Contracts in deep-space exploration.
Headed by Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Akron, Project ‘Resilient Networking and Computing Paradigm’ will focus on developing an Ethereum smart contracts-based networking and computing infrastructure for space aircraft to improve cognitive decision-making during deep-space probes.
Recently, Dr. Kocsis received a 3-year Early Career Faculty grant of $330,000 for project research from NASA. According to her, the grant will be utilized in fabricating an architecture that will allow space aircraft to cognitively automate maneuvering, and effectively detect and avoid space debris.
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. The blockchain consensus protocols will be further explored to improve the resilience of the infrastructure.
Dr. Kocsis believes that deploying Ethereum smart contracts not only will allow space scientists to effectively collect, organize and record data in a secure, tamper-proof, permanent way, but also eliminate the need for human intervention in deep-space explorations.