NASA has successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet.
Working as part of a NASA-wide team, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN, to transmit dozens of space images to and from a NASA science spacecraft located about more than 32 million kilometers (20 million miles) from Earth.
"This is the first step in creating a totally new space communications capability, an interplanetary Internet," said Adrian Hooke, team lead and manager of space-networking architecture, technology and standards at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
although I think you would find the expenditures to procure this service would be very high indeed for people in space
Originally posted by rayzr
productivity on the ISS will drop tenfold when the astronaughts get onto facebook!
if theyre anything like the majority of idiots of who use facebook like this, the spacestation will crash itself in spite.
The first permanent node of the “interplanetary internet” has been installed and tested out aboard the International Space Station, in what NASA officials say is the first step to a communication system that could one day span the solar system
In just a few months, astronauts will be able to tweet live from the international space station. “NASA is trying to leverage the popularity of Twitter to get its message out,” said [researcher] Kevin Gifford…. “To tweet from space will have a lot of glitz value
While the Earth-bound internet uses a protocol called TCP/IP to allow distant machines to communicate over cables, the ISS payload uses delay-tolerant networking (DTN), which is being developed to cope with the patchy coverage in space that arises when spacecraft pass behind planets or suffer power outages [New Scientist]. The new DTN protocol doesn’t expect constant communication between machines, as the TCP/IP protocol does. Instead, data is transmitted from node to node in bundles, and each node is instructed to hold on to its bundle until it can communicate with another node that is able to receive the data.
Originally posted by LiquidLight
If my calculations are correct, at its closest it would take about three minutes for a signal to get to mars, which means six minutes round trip. I think faster than light technologies would have to be employed in order to do anything other than browsing web pages (very, very slowly, I might add).
Realistically, when your hurtling through space... a 3 minute wait time for a page to load... aint actually that bad.
will it be controlled and censored or do we have free reign in terms of content?