September 25, 2023

NASA To Use Blockchain for 1st Time for Moon

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NASA, Lonestar, and the Isle of Man have teamed up to develop a new way of storing data on the moon using blockchain technology.

A report by BBC Science Focus on Friday suggests that this could provide a secure and unchangeable record of lunar missions, with information on spacecraft, cargo, and mission goals. This could improve data accuracy and transparency for organizations and space agencies involved in lunar exploration.

The partners plan to launch a test mission from the US in February 2024, with a data cube that will be landed on the moon. Following this, the data will be digitally “franked” on Lonestar’s data center to prove its authenticity on the moon. This will then be sent back to Earth and assembled onto a blockchain to demonstrate that the data has been verified.

In this regard, Head of Innovation at Digital Isle of Man Kurt Roosen told BBC Science Focus: “In history, we’ve seen several circumstances where perceived bodies of knowledge have been lost, or cultures have disappeared. It could sit there forever.”

It is the first time blockchain technology will be utilized on the moon. The project’s collaborators are confident that this new technology will guarantee data safety and prevent any unauthorized alterations. The lunar data cubes are autonomous and don’t require cooling systems, making them environmentally friendly compared to other storage solutions.

Additionally, there is an ongoing effort to extend legal jurisdiction to the moon, taking inspiration from satellite jurisdictions and ship registers. NASA’s satellite has established a legal extension of the Isle of Man on the lunar surface, and this initiative is ongoing.

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