Briefs: Shuttle IP success

Despite the space shuttle Columbia's tragic ending, at least one experiment from that mission proved successful. Tests had already been completed on the use of mobile Internet protocol in space, according to project managers.

On board the shuttle was an embedded PC module holding a 233-megahertz processor with 128 megabytes of random access memory and a solid-state, 144-megabyte hard-drive disk. Through an experimental low-power transceiver and S- and L-band antennas, the computer was connected to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., via NASA satellites or ground stations. Using this configuration, the team executed remote commands and transmitted files to and from the shuttle. The setup was not used in the primary communications of the craft.

NASA is looking at commercial solutions to cut costs, and this experiment showed how a standard mobile IP implementation could be used for future space communications.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here


  • VIDEO: Explore the 2019 M&A Trends

    Editor Nick Wakeman interviews Kevin DeSanto of the investment bank KippsDeSanto about the highlights of their annual M&A survey and trends driving acquisitions in the federal space. Read More


    In our latest Project 38 Podcast, editor Nick Wakeman and senior staff writer Ross Wilkers discuss the major news events so far in 2019 and what major trends are on the horizon. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.