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Google Plans to Launch Disruption-Tolerant Internet Into Space This...

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Google Plans to Launch Disruption-Tolerant Internet Into Space This...

By Rebecca Boyle Posted 02.18.2011 at 5:20 pm 0 Comments EPOXI In Space EPOXI (or Extrasolar Planet Observation and Characterization investigation - Deep Impact eXtended Investigation) is helping expand Internet access in space. NASA Talk about cloud computing. Google wants to install "InterPlanetary internet protocols" (IP IP?) on spacecraft, using them as an interwoven network of new space-based communication nodes. That's according Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, Vint Cerf, in an interview with Network World. And this is not some pie-in-the-sky idea — they're already doing it. This week we heard a lot about Comet Tempel 1, into which NASA smashed a probe a few years back and to which it returned via the Stardust probe. What we didn't hear was that Stardust's mission partner, EPOXI (formerly called Deep Impact), has apparently been updated with these new InterPlanetary protocols, and Google has tested it at 80 light-seconds....

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