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We are developing the world’s first decentralised satellite infrastructure (DSI) — a mesh-network of heterogeneous spacecraft owned and operated in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) by multiple parties in multiple jurisdictions. It follows a TCP/IP-alike architecture with each spacecraft performed as a network node. The network is supported by spacecraft hardware, communication channels, routing protocols and the blockchain backend network. Users will be able to access the network at any time and from anywhere in the world.
The development consists of the following sections:

  • Blockchain infrastructure
  • A blockchain registry forms the backend infrastructure of the DSI, which is developed by SpaceChain and partners. Users and spacecraft are regarded as nodes in the blockchain network. Through the blockchain transaction and peer-to-peer data communication protocols, the registry connects users with the participating spacecraft in a transparent yet secure way.

  • Spacecraft
  • Companies from all over the world are invited to join the DSI regardless of the type and functionality of their spacecraft. SpaceChain aims to build a constellation of satellite applications to bolster the efficient allocation of resources

  • Governance
  • SpaceChain is engaging regulatory authorities across various countries and getting approval for cross-jurisdictional issues to ensure continual constellation operation of the DSI. Through it, the space asset and services will be able to reach a wide range of audiences.

Application:
DSI supports a wide range of applications involving satellites. It provides the distributed ledger technology which connects various separated networks. The satellites further increase the accessibility of the ground segments where internet is not available. Here are the application scenarios that will be integrated with the DSI:

    • Satellite multisignature wallet ━ Uses satellite payloads to host the clients’ private keys for secure transactions.
    • Space data access and ordering services ━ Enables users to acquire the space service in a more specific way.
    • Satellite and blockchain-enhanced IoT network ━ Supports the global connectivity of the IoT devices in a secure and collaborative way.

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