Nasa to Use ETH Blockchain For Deep Space Exploration

Project funded by NASA is looking to use the ETH blockchain’s smart contracts technology to automate spacecraft maneuvering while avoiding space debris
17 April 2018   542

A research project called "A sample of fault-tolerant network interaction and computation" is headed by  Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis, assistant professor, specializing in the field of computer technology. This is reported by CCN.

Kocsis received a three-year grant of $ 330,000. She intends to use it to develop a cognitive architecture that will allow the aircraft to travel in outer space without relying on critical data from Earth scientists.

Instead, smart contracts based on Ethereum will help them "think on their own" in the process of detecting and evading debris that could cause serious damage to the device in the event of a collision.

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. Jin Wei Kocsis

Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Akron 

Kocsis believes that the decentralized infrastructure will, among other things, help automate the collection of data, which in turn will free up human resources, currently conducting complex calculations during flights, and throw them into data analysis.

I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically.
 

Dr. Jin Wei Kocsis

Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Akron 

Whether the project will use a public or private version of Ethereum blockchain is unknown.

Ethereum Scaling Solution Raiden to Launch Last Testnet

As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second
20 July 2018   137

On Thursday, July 19, at the Dappcon developer conference in Berlin, the last test network of Raiden for the Ethereum blockchain was launched, CoinDesk reports.

The release includes a minimal implementation of the scaling solution, which will allow the transfer of Ethereum tokens outside of the main blockchain. This is the last test phase before the introduction of technology into the core network of Ethereum.

It's the first step towards going to the mainnet. We really want people to really test this so we have a user interface, we have an API and we've created an open Github for everything they could find, so if we go hopefully bug-free on the mainnet.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

According to him, the new release represents an early implementation for the core network and contains a new rewritten code of smart contracts and payment channels that can be restored in case of unintended closure.

Also, Karapetsas urged developers to join the test network to help detect possible bugs, adding that a bounty program will be launched to encourage this activity.

The release date for the main network has not yet been assigned, but the developers intend to follow this earlier promise and launch Raiden this summer.

Karapetsas also promised to publish regular updates and code optimizations after the full release, adding that Raiden will complement other Ethereum scaling solutions that are currently being developed.

Raiden is essentially the payment channel network for ethereum, it's supposed to help us scale token transfers. The long term goal would be to have people use Raiden from a mobile device and be able to make off-chain token transfers just from their phone. That would be the long term vision, it would probably work in combination with various scaling solutions, sharding, plasma, a sort of hybrid.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

Raiden is developing from the 2015 and is written mostly on Python. The project is much like the Lightning Network. As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second.