NASA introducing blockchain framework

In a recent statement, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said it is considering using Blockchain to safely store flight data. They are examining blockchain technology as a mean to ensure the privacy and security of aircraft flight data. The agency confirms that blockchain technology and intelligent contracts will play an important role at this point.

That’s why, the agency wants to take advantage of the decentralized technology to do this in a more efficient and effective way, and to control flight data, locations and more, much faster and more effectively with an automated system. Ronald Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, published a paper on the 9th of January. In his article, he suggested that blockchain networks and smart contracts can help mitigate some security issues. In fact, he declared “We propose to use a ‘lightly permissioned’ blockchain framework to enable the ADS-B systems to meet or exceed the same levels of privacy and security currently provided by radar-based systems in the NAS [National Airspace System].” The research done features smart contract support, certificate authority, and higher-bandwidth communication channels for private information that may be used for secure communication between any specific aircraft and authorized members. This technology will be sharing data in accordance with the terms and agreements specified in the form of smart contracts. The prototype demonstrates how this method can be economically and rapidly deployed in a scalable modular environment.

This is not the first time that NASA has set out to explore future improvements that can be implemented using blockchain technology. In fact, back in 2017, the agency supported through $330,000 grant, research on Ethereum blockchain technology in order to help spacecraft avoid floating debris.

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