Pushing the Internet Into Space
Adrian Hooke, manager of data-standards programs at NASA, is looking to improve the actual communication process between the earth and devices that are located into space, millions of kilometers away. Right now, it takes approximately 40 minutes to relay information from the Mars rovers to a NASA scientist. That's pretty quick considering how far apart Earth and Mars are, but to Mr. Hooke, that's not fast enough.
"Forget the world wide web. Through a project called the interplanetary internet, Hooke and networking guru Vint Cerf, co-creator the internet's TCP/IP protocol, have been working for the past six years to develop a standard for communicating in disconnected environments, where an uninterrupted two-way dialog isn't possible. The approach is called delay-tolerant networking and relies on communications technologies designed for use in remote places like deep beneath the sea or out in space."