Vint Surf almost finished interplanetary protocol

Published on July 25, 2008

Vint Surf almost finished interplanetary protocol

    Vint Surf, one of the creators of TCP / IP and vice president of Google, has been working on a joint project with NASA's space agency to create an interplanetary version of the universal Internet protocol for several years. And now, after several years, this work is finally close to completion .

    Communication from space has a lot of features, and Vint Surf together with NASA are trying to take them into account. The main problems arise due to the large ping between the Earth and the remote node. For example, to the Martian orbit, ping is from 3 to 22 minutes, depending on the location of the planets. These kinds of networks are called DTNs.(delay-tolerant networking). By 2010, DTN technology should be fully operational. The corresponding modules will be installed on all spacecraft and robots that will participate in the lunar and Martian programs (both in unmanned and manned missions). If the implementation is successful, then a TCP / IP gateway will be installed on each spaceship, and astronauts will be able to easily receive and send mail, update twitter and use other standard Internet technologies.



    In addition, engineers are now choosing the best routing method in space. It is necessary to correctly arrange “transit nodes” for traffic. For example, the option of six satellite routers in orbit of Mars is being considered in order to fully connect to the Internet all users on the planet closest to us, including autonomous self-propelled devices and the first settlers.