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NASA to Hire Data Scientist With Blockchain Background

NASA is looking to hire a candidate with experience with cryptocurrency and blockchain technology at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, according to the agency’s LinkedIn.

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The Data Scientist position requires knowledge in one or more related fields including big data, machine learning, Internet of Things, analytics, statistics and cloud computing.

According to the listing, the potential candidate will have the opportunity to “conceptualize and develop innovative applications for cross cutting areas of the laboratory including robotics, artificial intelligence, multi-mission systems, mission assurance, cloud computing, next generation flight hardware, and intelligent digital assistants.”

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The listed qualifications are supposed to be implemented by the data scientist in designing and implementing a program for analyzing complex, large-scale data sets used for research, modeling, data mining and predictive analysis at NASA, the agency wrote.

NASA LogoThis is not NASA’s first time mentioning blockchain.

In January, the agency proposed an air traffic management blockchain framework in order to enable secure, private and anonymous communication with air traffic services.

In April 2018, NASA awarded a grant to be used to develop a blockchain-based, autonomous spacecraft to make decisions without human involvement.

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NASA to Utilize Blockchain Technology to Secure Flight Data

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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