NASA has announced they are researching potential use-cases for blockchain technology regarding the privacy and security of aircraft flight data, according to a new research paper published by Ronald Reisman.

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“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,” the paper reads.

Formally referred to as the Aviation Blockchain Infrastructure (ABI), the prototype utilizes Hyperledger Fabric and smart contracts, permitting administers control over public and privately shared data.

“Controlling members define one or more channels to isolate peers into subnets and create private ledgers. Each channel’s ledger is only accessible to its member peer nodes. The channel’s organizations (entities) must approve each peer’s membership to the channel. Client requests are routed to a specified channel to run a smart contract that is deployed on that channel. The results are endorsed and verified, and then updated in that channel’s ledger,” the paper continues.

Last year, NASA announced they had given $330,000 to the University of Akron for research regarding the utilization of the Ethereum blockchain to automatically detect floating debris in space.

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