The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, is studying a lot of things lately, this time concerns the use of the blockchain. They are assuming the idea of making their spaceships autonomous, thanks to the use of the same technology regarding cryptocurrencies, which can be used for different things. A really important point concerning space travel is the communication between land and vehicles that would be so slow that they have to wait hours, in the case of an action which request must be quickly, like in cases of emergency, this it would complicate the situation a lot.
So they decide to give $ 330,000 for a research project at the University of Akron in Ohio. The project in question concerns the use of the Ethereum blockchain to automate spaceships for take decisions at the place of the man, that of Ethereum allows, in addition to completing and certifying cryptocurrency transitions, the automatic execution of Smart Contracts, in case of emergency the vehicles would apply these contracts “translating” them into actions, without the need for them to be guided or validated by humans.
And now is the time of Qtum, which is considered by many a very promising start-up, which aims to create universal smart contracts, which should combine blockchain platforms with physical organizations, as well as blockchain with itself.
Ethereum is currently the smart contracts leader, using a method of validation POW (Proof-of-Work), but it is quite expensive as regards the computational point of view, in the future it is expected to require several times the download of the entire blockchain. The consequence is that the Ethereum smart contracts have limited utility and lack formal semantics (mathematical models that formally define the programming languages), all this belongs to a question of security and Qtum would like to fill this gap.
The same start-up therefore intends to create a blockchain with its backup in orbit, launching a satellite in the space containing a node of the same, which would lead to a new level of security. This news was not very warmly welcomed by NEO, in fact Malcolm Lerider has declared:
While other blockchain projects are joking about sending satellites to avoid regulation, NEO is a serious project and we are willing to comply with directions and guidelines within the jurisdiction where it applies.
Remaining in space but completely changing the subject, Baidu, a Chinese search engine giant, has created its own blockchain-based video game and set in on space, the game is called Du Yuzhou, players can build their own planets and explore in this way the space that contains them thanks to the elements received in the various phases of the game. Peculiarity of the game is that each user will own a unique planet, different from all those of the other players, which will be fully explored. At the beginning of the game everyone will receive 100 random elements, more they will have, more chances have of expanding their planet will grow, in this way the gravitational attraction of your planet will increase, in this way you can unlock some mysterious functions.