Cosmos announces the launch of a new blockchain, Sagan

The Cosmos cross-chain network is building a new blockchain aimed at allowing developers to experiment with different protocols. In its ...



The Cosmos cross-chain network is building a new blockchain aimed at allowing developers to experiment with different protocols.

In its quarterly opening report published on October 19, Cosmos said its Sagan blockchain is currently in development. The project teased the release of the blockchain in a video message with a quote from famous astronomer Carl Sagan and a photo of a canary among the stars.

Canary imagery may refer to blockchain as an experimental ‘canary network’, the term used by the Polkadot interoperability protocol to describe its Kusama test network. In the case of Kusama, the blockchain allows developers to create and use a parachain or test the governance, staking and other functions of Polkadot in a real environment.

Cosmos did not stop growing after March launch of its inter-blockchain communication protocol, which makes it easy to transfer crypto assets between compatible blockchains, including those in decentralized finance. According to Mapofzones data, there were 1,285,426 transfers across the Cosmos ecosystem over the past 30 days.

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Sagan’s announcement comes as Cosmos is also working on rollup scaling technology to enable developers to build Cosmos-based blockchains as rollups that can be deployed as clusters in protocol areas of inter-blockchain communication. The solution, called Optimint, is destined be an “instant replacement” for the Tendermint framework it is built upon.