NASA Funds Development Of Autonomous Spacecraft That Uses Blockchain

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded a new grant that supports the development of an autonomous spacecraft that could make decisions using Blockchain technology without human intervention, news outlet reported April 18.

Jin Wei Kocsis, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Akron, Ohio, received a $330,000 NASA grant to support her research. Kocsis said that the research program will examine the application of Ethereum-based Blockchain technology in developing a secure computing system to be used in deep space:

“In this project, the Ethereum Blockchain technology will be exploited to develop a decentralized, secure, and cognitive networking and computing infrastructure for deep space exploration… I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically. I am honored that NASA recognized my work, and I am excited to continue challenging technology’s ability to think and do on its own.”

NASA Funds Development Of Autonomous Spacecraft That Uses Blockchain

Ripple [XRP] adviser Matthew Mellon dead at 54

Matthew Mellon, the billionaire banking heir and Ripple’s advisor died at 54. He was also a former chair of the New York Republican Party’s finance committee. According to reports, he suddenly died in Cancun, Mexico at a rehabilitation center. He struggled with drug addiction and was admitted to the rehab center in Mexico to deal with an opioid dependency.

In 2016, Mellon told the Post about his addiction for treatment of an OxyContin habit of 80 pills per day. He said, “OxyContin is like legal heroin. And it needs to be addressed.” Mellon is survived by his two wives, fashion designers Tamara and Nicole Hanley, and three children, Force, Olympia, and Minty.

“Mellon made his fortune in cryptocurrency, turning a $2 million investment into $1 billion,” said a family representative. He was an early investor in Ripple [XRP]. He first invested in Bitcoin, which he later sold and spent $2 million to acquire XRP, making him billions. In February, Matthew told Forbes that he liked XRP because it operated within the traditional banking system.

Ripple advisor Matthew Mellon dead at 54