NASA Explores Blockchain Tech to Protect Privacy and Security of Air Traffic Data

[ChainDD report] January 12 (ChainDD) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States is studying blockchain technology to ensure privacy and security air traffic data, according to a paper written by Roland Reisman, an aero-computer engineer of Ames Research Center of NASA.

The paper, published on January 10, noted Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) that will be adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) n 2020 doesn’t include provisions for maintaining aircraft-privacy options, nor does it address the potential for those well-documented risk factors such as spoofing. And blockchain network and smart contract can help mitigate some of ADS-B’s security problems.

The prototype system Reisman proposed is based on an open source permissioned blockchain platform called Hyperhedger Fabric to enable aircraft privacy and anonymity while providing a secure and efficient method for communication with air traffic services.

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