In Focus | Blockchain and Democratizing Space

For many years, only big, wealthy nations like Russia, China, and the United States had the wherewithal to launch satellites into space. Then well-funded corporations got involved. If the world’s citizens watched, and millions did, they largely watched vicariously. But what if there were satellites that hosted the projects of regular people: say, university students or startup entrepreneurs? A new company, SpaceChain, has already launched one satellite that it hopes will revolutionize the way we look at space and our relationship to it. Here, CEO Zuo Zheng and CTO Jeff Garzik talk with Paul Brigner, Managing Director of Georgetown’s Blockchain Technology and Ecosystem Design Research Center (B-TED) and Security & Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC), about how they are using blockchain technology to decentralize and democratize our use of space.

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