CU researchers working on outer space Internet |

CU researchers working on outer space Internet

BOULDER, Colorado – Researchers at the University of Colorado are working with NASA to extend the Internet to outer space to help an expected growing number spaceships communicate with each other and with Earth.

The technology, dubbed Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN), was installed on a payload sent to the International Space Station in May, said Kevin Gifford of Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies. DTN sends messages in bundles, streamlining the current, cumbersome point-to-point system that requires manual scheduling and programing to send information.

DTN expands the initial work started a decade ago by NASA and Vint Cerf, longtime technology innovator and Google Inc.’s chief identifier of new technologies and applications.

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