Astar Network, a multi-chain smart contract platform, has embarked on an ambitious journey for 2023, symbolically called the Starmap, which reflects the roadmap for this year. The Starmap is divided into four significant phases – The Reborn Nebula, The Growth Nebula, The Expansion Nebula, and The Shine Nebula. Let’s explore each one.
The Reborn Nebula (Q1)
While specific details for Q1, referred to as The Reborn Nebula, were not mentioned in the provided article, the official Astar Starmap points to exciting developments such as the introduction of a Cross-Virtual Machine (XVM), the Astar UI Library & Astar.js, the advancement of Mesh Networks, and a program called Zero to ink! Hero.
The Growth Nebula (Q2)
During Q2, Astar’s focus is on The Growth Nebula, which includes the innovative Wasm and the recently launched Swanky Suite. The Swanky Suite is an all-in-one tool for Wasm smart contract developers, extending functionality with features such as smart contract templates and an instant finality node, which reduces the contract development lifecycle2.
The Growth Nebula aims to provide infrastructure and development tool support for coders, witness more projects, and promote developers to join the Astar ecosystem. It also signals the advent of RMRK ink! NFT, further enhancing Astar’s capabilities.
The Expansion Nebula (Q3)
As more tools and projects are created, Q3 2023 will usher in The Expansion Nebula phase. During this time, the Astar blockchain will seek to attract talented programmers, explore new tools for developers, and even create a repository. This repository will serve as a comprehensive library of knowledge and resources for Astar developers, facilitating the onboarding process and enabling swift coding.
The Expansion Nebula will also work on significant updates to the staking program, improved tokenomics, and inter-blockchain operable smart contracts, aiming for a higher level of decentralization and a seamless developer experience.
The Shine Nebula (Q4)
After significant developments and improvements are completed by the end of Q3, Astar will enter its Shine Nebula stage. This final phase of the year will be dedicated to strategic and management decisions that will position the Astar network for growth in 2024 and establish it as one of the top blockchain networks in the industry.
It’s important to note that the Astar Network has already gained immense traction. The establishment of Astar Japan Lab in 2022 has enabled the blockchain network developers to secure partnerships with NTT Docomo and the municipal governments of Fukuoka and Sendai City.
Unfortunately, due to access restrictions and errors encountered during browsing, I wasn’t able to gather more detailed information about each phase from the Medium and Crypto News articles. I recommend checking these sources directly for more in-depth information.
Algem is a decentralized application built on the Astar Network and offers two main features: liquid staking and liquid lending. As their names suggest, these two options let ASTR holders keep their assets liquid while putting them to work. Also, the liquid staking and lending solutions let users use Algem’s liquid nASTR tokens across Astar’s DeFi ecosystem to earn staking rewards and make more money. In doing so, Algem supports other Defi protocols by providing liquidity and creating a sustainable and cooperative ecosystem on the Astar Network and Polkadot.