At the International Astronautical Conference 2018 held at Bremen, Germany, Spacebit – a space exploration startup, announced the first-ever decentralized scheduling ground system. The system will be built on top of EOS blockchain.
The platform is called LinkX, which has been developed by Spacebit in collaboration with the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, is expected to roll out in the upcoming months.
Spacebit aims to create a more efficient model for access to low-Earth and deep space communication networks using decentralised ground station networks. The networks are enhanced with distributed ledger technology and smart contracts.
The proposed model of interaction has been designed to lower the barrier to entry, opening new commercial opportunities and stimulating dialogue between academia, commerce, finance, industry and government.
Spacebit is also exploring an IOTA based architecture, to use the Qubic protocol to design IoT enabled space vehicle – to – vehicle communication.
According to Spacebit, there are thousands of satellites planned to be launched in the next decade and the major limitation will be experienced by the ground control. They aim to lay the groundwork for future commercial space flights.
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