The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is considering the blockchain hyperledger technology as a solution for the air traffic management.
According to a NASA researcher Ronald Reisman, blockchain could be crucial in dealing with security and privacy issues and prevent various kinds of cyber attacks, such as IP-spoofing.
“The design innovation is the use of an open source permissioned blockchain framework to enable aircraft privacy and anonymity while providing a secure and efficient method for communication with Air Traffic Services, Operations Support, or other authorized entities,” he said.
Reisman is sure that NASA’s upcoming release, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which will be out next year, is not equipped sufficiently to protect all the data that needs to stay classified.
Blockchain, with its smart contracts technology, certificate authorization and many other unique features, could potentially solve all of issues mentioned above. However, it is still unclear whether NASA will follow the suggestion of its researcher.
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