Villanova University is Sending Blockchain into Space

Please note, this is a summary to the article originally published in Coindesk.

  • Villanova’s engineering school is sending a private Ethereum blockchain into space on a Firefly Aerospace rocket (slated to launch November 20th) to test whether distributed ledger technology (DLT) can help satellites exchange data.
  • The rocket will carry a satellite that will include Villanova’s private blockchain mounted on a small computer.
  • There are currently almost 2,800 man-made satellites orbiting earth, which means that there could be future constraints on launching new ones.
  • By using DLT, Villanova is hopeful that the existing satellites will be able to communicate with one another more effectively, decreasing the number of new satellites needed in the future.