National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to expand the uses of blockchain technology for multi-autonomous satellite communications.
According to NASA’s proposal summary, blockchain technology seeks to leverage end-to-end encryption and possibly allow autonomous communications among satellites.
Branded as the Space Communication Reconstruction and Mapping with Blockchain Ledgering (SCRAMBL), this project will function as a core infrastructure to enable space network coordination and overall awareness. The utilization of blockchain would safe-keep relevant data on particular satellites located within constellations and allow autonomous communications due to its decentralized nature.
It is worth mentioning that the SCRAMBL will specifically enable constellations to obtain a system utility through agent-supported asset teaming strategies. Moreover, it will work alongside the Orbit Logic and Fraunhofer U.S.A Center for Experimental Software Engineering for effective communication.
The dynamic network adaptiveness of SCRAMBL will naturally route around spacecraft communication disruptions and disconnections.
Perhaps, NASA believes to use blockchain technology to limit how data is shared among parties and also maintain autonomy and continue to leverage and protect data privacy and anonymity through its blockchain prototype mechanism.
Thoroughly, NASA assures that the implementation of blockchain technology in satellite communication will help transmit messages among different nodes of spacecraft to avoid continuous disconnection and disruption.
NASA purportedly predicted an oversight that as long as the integration of blockchain in satellite communication goes well, they will also enable people to add their digital assets on the platform as it progresses in the future.
The SCRAMBL project is worth $124,000 and is launched as part of NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer Scheme.