NASA Eyes Blockchain Tech to Secure Aircraft Flight Data
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reviewing block-chain technology as a means of ensuring the privacy and security of aircraft flight data.
Ronald Reisman, NASA's Ames Research Center air computer engineer, suggested on Monday that block-chain networks and smart agreements could help alleviate security issues.
Beginning January 1, 2020, the United States requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use Automatic Subwoofer Broadcasting (ADS-B), a new surveillance system that publicly broadcasts aircraft identity, location and other information.
Reisman said the ADS-B system "is a well-documented risk" that does not include provisions to maintain these same aircraft privacy options and does not mention the possibility of spoofing or denial of service.
Civilian aircraft companies want to keep some data private, for example, against spying on espionage management as part of corporate espionage.
Military aircraft traffic data, on the other hand, is defined by the Pentagon as "information that reveals weaknesses in the core infrastructure of the Department of Defense when disclosed, which can cause significant fragmentation, destruction or damage if exploited." Pentagon operations, property or facilities. "
Given the sensitivity of relevant air traffic data, the military need for confidentiality can have a decisive impact on the adoption and use of ADS-B, Reisman says.
To address this and other issues, researchers have provided prototypes called Aviation Blockchain Infrastructure (ABI) and Smart Contracts based on the Hyperledger Fabric to control entitled entities and data that is shared publicly or privately .
For example, aircraft "status information" such as altitude, indicated speed, headings, etc., can be kept secure through private channels while having flight plan information such as aircraft type, origin, destination, and route. You can post to public channels for access to approved members.
"To use the & # 39; lightly approved & # 39; block chain framework to allow ADS-B systems to meet or exceed the same level of privacy and security that NAS radar-based systems offer, It is proposed [National Airspace System].
This is not the first time NASA has begun exploring a block of chains seeking to improve technology. Again in February, the agency asked a professor at Akron University for $ 330,000 to support research on ether block cocaine technology to automatically detect float.
NASA images through Shutterstock; Diagram through NASA Newspaper
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