Thursday, July 02, 2009

2nd test of the InterPlaNet

IEEE Spectrum reports that researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder performed the 2nd test of JPL's Delay Tolerant Internet. This test involved sending images from the ISS to their control center in Colorado. The next proof-of-concept will be performed in October using the the Deep Impact spacecraft. Researchers will introduce security and file-transfer protocols and, at that point, the protocol should be ready for prime time. Info on the first test can be found here.