Asia Express – Cointelegraph Magazine

Chinese blockchain Sputnik’s maiden voyage

A Chinese satellite has become the first in the world to carry a blockchain imaging and screening system into orbit. 

According to local news outlet Red Star News on July 22, the Tai’an Star Era 16 was successfully launched into orbit from the China Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Developed by NationStar Aerospace Technology Co., the satellite features a visual blockchain on-orbit certificate storage system dubbed ‘ADAChain’ (not related to Cardano) developed in-house by NationStar. Researchers wrote: 

“The [ADAChain] can realize functions such on-orbit visual blockchain multi-signature authentication, on-orbit video visual broadcasting, and on-orbit visual remote sensing data storage certificate confirmation.”

The purpose of the satellite’s voyage is to “obtain rich spectral information on the surface of the target area,” in the fields of “precision agriculture, water resources management, mineral resource investigation, environmental monitoring, and emergency safety.” Blockchain technology will also assist in achieving the goals of “high spatial resolution, high spectral resolution, and high temporal resolution” in such satellite imaging. 

The Tai’an Star Era 16 blockchain satellite Launch (RedStar News)

Digital Yuan CBDC expands to Hong Kong 

The Bank of China’s Hong Kong subsidiary has allowed individuals in the Special Administrative Region (SAR) to utilize the digital yuan central bank digital currency (e-CNY CBDC) for retail shopping. 

According to a July 20 report, over 200 merchants, such as shopping centers, pharmacies, convenience stores, and electronic stores have accepted the e-CNY CBDC as a means of payment from shoppers originating in Mainland China. The e-CNY CBDC is currently not available to Hong Kong users. 

As a SAR, Hong Kong maintains separate political, economic and social institutions from Mainland China. Advocates have previously called for the Hong Kong…


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