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Methods for securing spacecraft tasking and control via an enterprise Ethereum blockchain

Methods for securing spacecraft tasking and control via an enterprise Ethereum blockchain

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Integration of space-based communications infrastructure within 5G networks presents specific challenges for spacecraft, namely a necessary rationalization of currently patchy communications security and the assurance of identity when conducting high-level spacecraft tasking and control operations. This chapter presents approaches to addressing both issues via the deployment of an enterprise Ethereum blockchain modified with a consensus algorithm appropriate for access by spacecraft. We discuss the applicability of enterprise Ethereum blockchains to the problem of spacecraft communication security, analyze the properties of blockchain consensus algorithms suitable for use with spacecraft, and suggest information architectures to allow secure spacecraft integration into 5G networks.

Chapter Contents:

  • 53.1 Introduction
  • 53.2 Literature review
  • 53.3 Methodology
  • 53.4 Results
  • 53.5 Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

Inspec keywords: distributed databases; telecommunication control; cryptography; space communication links; aircraft communication; space vehicles; aerospace control; cryptocurrencies; 5G mobile communication

Other keywords: control operations; high-level spacecraft tasking security; securing spacecraft tasking; secure spacecraft integration; blockchain consensus algorithms; spacecraft communication security; space-based communication infrastructure; enterprise Ethereum blockchain; patchy communication security; 5G networks

Subjects: Aerospace control; Space communication systems; Control applications in radio and radar; Data security; Mobile radio systems; Cryptography

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