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Solar System Internet Debuts on Space Station

Posted September 12, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

NASA is taking a giant leap for mankind by creating a Solar System-wide Internet that will improve space station experiments as well as benefit earthbound environments where communications may be unreliable, such as disaster-response situations. The delay/disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station will enhance data availability. DTN stores data bundles in nodes along a communication path until those nodes can be sent to their final destination. Researchers say this differs from traditional Internet Protocols, which require all nodes in a path to be available at the same time for data transmission.


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09/12/2016 9:45 AM

Solar System Internet? I hope people will be happy with slow response times!

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Re: Solar System Internet Debuts on Space Station

09/13/2016 1:17 AM

If there has been a disaster that destroyed all other forms of communication, a 15 minute delay could be quite an improvement over no communication at all.

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