China Launches Blockchain Satellite into Orbit
China has successfully launched a blockchain satellite into orbit on July 22. It’s called the Tai’an Star Era 16 and is the world’s first satellite to be sent into space with a blockchain imaging system.
It’s official; China has launched a satellite using blockchain technology into orbit.
This Chinese satellite is the world’s first satellite to be sent into space with a blockchain imaging and screening system.
The news comes courtesy of Red Star News, who revealed that the Tai’an Star Era 16 was sent into orbit on July 22 from the China Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center successfully.
The unique blockchain-based satellite was made by NationStar Aerospace Technology Co. and comes with a visual blockchain on-orbit certificate storage system developed by NationStar in-house. Guess what they labeled it as? They call it the “ADAChain.” But, it actually has nothing to do with Cardano. Sorry to burst your bubble.
According to researchers, this in-house chain is capable of doing some complex functions that include on-orbit video visual broadcasting, on-orbit visual blockchain multi-signature authentication, and on-orbit visual remote sensing data storage certificate confirmation. Certainly doesn’t sound like your typical Layer 1 or Layer 2 network.
Why launch a blockchain satellite though? Well, the objective for this satellite is to “obtain rich spectral information on the surface of the target area,” in order to gather more data on “precision agriculture, water resources management, mineral resource investigation, environmental monitoring, and emergency safety.” Next to these tasks, the specialized blockchain tech makes it possible to create satellite imaging that has “high spatial resolution, high spectral resolution, and high temporal resolution,” thus making the ADAChain an important part of the voyage.
In other China-related news, the country’s biggest wireless carrier, China Mobile, has managed to form a large metaverse alliance featuring Huawei, Xiaomi, HTC, and more members.