NASA thinks on IA and Blockchain for Next Interstellar Probe

Nasa is thinking about embarking artificial intelligence and a blockchain in its future space probes. This is the purpose of the RNCP research program (resilient networking and computing paradigm) which aims to develop the software platform that will equip the future probes of the American space agency. The aim is to create a reliable communication system in spite of the enormous distances for probes that will have to leave the solar system, probes that will have a capacity for autonomous action.

Direction : Alpha Centauris in… 2069

In December 2017, NASA revealed its intention to launch a probe to Centauri Alpha to explore an exoplanet near the nearest star near our solar system, more than 4 light-years away. The journey could last more than 40 years, which means that the probe must be autonomous thanks to artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic, especially to face faults that will inevitably occur during the flight. Another technological brick studied by Nasa engineers for its future spacecraft, the blockchain.

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At the head of this long-term research, Assistant Professor Jin Wei Kocsis of Akron University intends to implement a block chine to create a decentralized and secure data processing infrastructure to process and transmit the scientific data gleaned by the probe. The architecture imagined by the researcher will be of the SDN type (Software-Defined / defined by software) in order to be able to climb to scale throughout the mission. Data processing will need to implement Deep Learning and fuzzy logic to deal with the unexpected.

Obviously, such an architecture will have to be tried and tested before it can be launched to conquer Alpha du Centaure. Researchers will use a platform based on the IA Open Source Tensorflow solution, Ethereum, the Matlab/Simulink simulation software, and Mininet and NS3 to simulate the system on the ground. It will then be embarked on low-Earth orbiting satellites before heading into deep space.


“Exclusive: NASA has begun plans for a 2069 interstellar mission”, NewScientist, 19 December 2017

“Researcher help NASA develop satellites that think on their own”, EurekAlert, 15 September 2017!

“RNCP: A Resilient Networking and Computing Paradigm for NASA Space Exploration”, NASA, August 15,2017


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