Student Research

Black Hole Imaging by Distributed Spacecraft System

In April, 2019, an array of telescopes spread across the globe, known collectively as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) produced the first ever image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Our goal is to recreate this image using an array of space based telescopes. Such distributed spacecraft systems provide advantages over other space based telescopes in terms of cost and resolving power. However the individual telescopes in the array must be able to coordinate their relative positions and pointing directions. One possibility to achieve this would be through blockchain technology. With the blockchain technology, we could robustly control multiple spacecraft and manage multiple formats of data seamlessly. We could also autonomously control distributed spacecraft systems. The data retrieval speed and robustness to failure will be greatly enhanced.