WASHINGTON — A venture linked to a former space mining company announced Oct. 21 a very different project, using blockchain technology to provide crowdsourced space situational awareness (SSA) data.
ConsenSys Space, established by blockchain company ConsenSys after it acquired Planetary Resources nearly a year ago, rolled out a project called TruSat during an event here tied to the 70th International Astronautical Congress.
TruSat will offer software to allow individuals, such as satellite tracking hobbyists, to report satellite positions. The project will make orbital information on those objects, derived from that tracking data, freely available to users, in particular researchers studying space sustainability.
“TruSat is an effort — an experiment, truthfully — in producing SSA data that can be widely, if not globally, trusted and made freely accessible for any application,” said Brian Israel, co-founder of ConsenSys Space and the former general counsel of Planetary Resources, in an interview.
The project is intended to address concerns that SSA data that’s available today, notably by the U.S. Air Force, is tightly controlled. “When the data is controlled from sensor to output by a single institution, like the Defense Department, trust in the results is linked to trust in that institution, and it’s ...