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The Filecoin Foundation and Lockheed Martin Corporation are developing a program to deploy an interplanetary file system (IPFS) in space.
Announcing that @FilFoundation is working with @LMSpace to bring @IPFS to space! 🚀
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— Filecoin Foundation (@FilFoundation) May 23, 2022
The partners plan to create an infrastructure to reduce costs and accelerate the exchange of information beyond the earth’s space.
“Soon space will cease to be just a destination. It will be home to a new economy independent of Earth. The work we do with Filecoin strengthens the investment in building the necessary infrastructure. We need to develop technology to support a long-term presence in space,” said Lockheed Martin Vice President Joe Landon.
According to the president of the Filecoin Foundation, Martha Belcher, the modern Internet “does not work in space.” Due to the need to receive data from a centralized server on Earth when sending a request, for example, from the Moon, the delay will be several seconds. With IPFS, content is retrieved from nearby available locations, significantly reducing time and costs.
“Ultimately, by minimizing the frequency of data exchange with Earth, the decentralized storage model of IPFS will provide more efficient communication in space. It will also help reduce the load on on-board memory tanks for spacecraft exploring planets and other celestial bodies, “said Belcher.
At the first stage of cooperation, the partners intend to determine by September 2022:
- a space platform to host the initial IPFS payload;
- hardware interoperability requirements;
- the possibility of a demonstration mission for the use of IPFS in space.
Since the project requires taking into account the power, mass and volume of equipment, as well as ensuring the operation of electronics outside the Earth’s atmosphere, a space mission to low Earth orbit is initially considered.
Recall, the launch of the main Filecoin network took place in October 2020.
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