Blockchain-Based ‘Lunar Registry’ Launched

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For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, a project called Diana has launched to create a land registry for the moon using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

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The dApp (Decentralization app) service that can mark the land of the Moon and trade it will be launched on July 20, 2019.

A Diana representative, Jason Goo said:

“The Diana project will be a great opportunity for the Moon to be a daily interest.”

According to a UN Treaty, the Moon is listed as a common heritage of mankind that no country can own. However, due to the tremendous resources of the Moon (Helium-3, a non-radioactive isotope of helium, could be used as fuel for fusion reactors to produce vast amounts of energy at very low environmental cost), competition for ownership of the Moon between certain countries and companies is becoming increasingly fierce.

Governments are jumping into a competition to create domestic laws to rival the UN Outer Space Treaty. In 2015, the United States enacted the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA), which encourages private space development, and in 2017 Luxembourg passed a bill allowing ownership of resources mined in outer space by private companies.

Diana promotes collective registration to secure the possible right of man to the Moon to propose a solution to ‘who owns the moon’.

The Diana project is in line with the idea of combining Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with real estate and land in many African countries.

Until now, people and organizations with power have been using or depriving individual lands in developing countries. At this time, the land of individuals who do not register real property or ownership has been helplessly deprived.

So, for instance, the Rwandan government is working with Microsoft to carry out a land registration project using blockchain technology and the aim is to fundamentally eliminate ownership problems by digitizing land registration based on the reliability of the blockchain.

The Diana project aims to clearly define the possible rights of mankind to the Moon, given the increased possibility of ownership disputes, through collective registration.

Anybody can participate in the collective registration of the Moon using the Diana registration system. Of the approximately 3.87 billion cells generated by dividing the Moon into specific areas (approximately 9,790m²), 2 billion, on the front side of the Moon visible to the human eye, are available for now.

Participants can assign addresses with their own meaning for the selected registration area. Since it can be transferred to a third party in real-time, it can be an everlasting gift for those you love.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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