Humans have been on this planet for quite some time and have already achieved major feats in it. We have reached the tops of all mountains and most bottoms of the seas. We have managed to improve our skills in every available aspect of life available to us. But most importantly, we have upgraded the way we think.
Humankind however was, is, and always will be curious about what is in worlds beyond our own. Ancient cultures had completely different views of the stars above us, but they had all been amazed by their magnitude and meaning. We have managed in recent years to send spaceships and various types of spacecrafts in order to get a better understanding of the world surrounding us.
The difference between then and now is not knowledge, as many believe that ancient civilizations had much more to give than we can understand. The difference is technology and how achievable is your goal. Problems such as the power needed to get an object in orbit were mathematically solved even back then, but the means to do so came much later with the introduction of fuel power.
NASA was the first institution in the modern era to achieve sending an object from the ground out of earth’s atmosphere. They managed to send launch the first rocket in 1950, and then the first moon landing in 1969. Now, after having sent space exploration vehicles all over our solar system to get a better understanding of it, they have a project that will take space exploration to a whole new level.
As with the ancients, the problem lies in technology. We have been able to create machines and robots to do the work we intend them to do, but we have to manually control them in order to do so. NASA’s next project aims to overcome that obstacle, by developing self-functioning systems for their exploration vehicles, powered by blockchain-technology.
With the new included code, spacecrafts will be able to choose the best direction to their target, avoid objects such as meteors and space dirt, and communicate with one another.
This project was trusted to the University of Akron, under the supervision of Jin Wei, funding them with $1 million dollars over the next 3 years. “I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically,” Akron Assistant Professor Jin Wei Kocsis, research leader, mentioned.
The concept of spaceships operating, as well as maintaining themselves is a new and futuristic one for technological advancement. It is also one that is not too far in the future, as the technologies already exist and all we have to do is combine them. It won’t be long before passing to the new era where not only spaceships but cars and every other machinery will be completely autonomous, exchanging information, and even payments under the form of microtransactions.