A look back in time

We’ve come a long way since we started. Here’s a look back at all our launches during the past two years, and a sneak peek at where we’re headed in the upcoming months

Feb 2, 2018 – 1st launch

We launched the first Qtum blockchain-enabled satellite payload to space on a CZ-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert. It was equipped with a Raspberry Pi hardware board and blockchain software. It ran a full-node program on the Qtum blockchain and could process existing blockchain data. 

The node was offline and had limited functionality, but it was the first successful deployment of a Qtum blockchain node in low Earth orbit. 

Read more here or watch the launch here.

 

Oct 25, 2018 – 2nd launch

After working tirelessly for the next few months to improve our node, we launched the second Qtum-based blockchain node into space. It was carried into low Earth orbit on a CZ-4B Y34 rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Xinzhou, China.

This new node featured more powerful hardware and software to support more applications and perform additional functions. The node was also embedded with our smart operating system, SpaceChain OS, and could communicate with a ground station. Plus, it could perform blockchain-related functions such as running smart contracts and multisig transactions.

SpaceChain hardware

SpaceChain had spent a great deal of time physically testing its components to qualify that the node was robust enough to endure the harsh environment of space. The node was vigorously tested for force, pressure, and temperature, among other things.

The second node is still operational and you can track it here

Do you want to know more about how our payloads are rigorously flight-tested? Here’s a blog article dated October 2018. This was our first Qtum transaction from space, and it made the news. Read more here

 

December 2019 – 3rd launch

It’s been more than a year but worth the wait as we prepare for the next launch of our payload – this time to the International Space Station (ISS). 

This latest space node is equipped with an upgraded hardware board that can perform Bitcoin secure payment services such as multisig transactions. Compared to the space nodes from the first two launches, this node features a hardware board with an advanced modular design and is equipped with the open-source embedded Linux OS.

We’ll be sending this space node aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 to be installed on the ISS, enabling us to perform Bitcoin multisig authentication from space. 

 

What’s next? 

After the payload is installed aboard the ISS, we will get very busy testing the technology. 

We also are finalizing a few more launches over the next 18 months, so plenty of exciting times ahead for the SpaceChain community. 

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