During the first week of July, the Interplanetary Internet conceived by Vint Cerf (formerly co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol at the foundations of “terrestrial” Internet) and by NASA engineers earned what should be its first permanent node in the outer space. During the second of a long series of tests to verify the reliability of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (also known as Disruption-Tolerant Networking) protocol, the software needed for its functioning was transferred aboard the International Space Station orbiting at 350 kilometers above the Earth.
Space, final network frontier: the Disruption-Tolerant Networking protocol (DTN, previously known as Delay Tolerant Networking) has sent out its first wails the last weeks when the NASA engineers have tested the first interplanetary-class network communication. It’s an historic step that opens novel opportunities to communicate in space, remote-control probes and eventually to liaise with the future human outposts in the Solar System.
The co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol, the digital alphabet used in communications among devices connected to the Net, is persuaded to be able to make a revised version of the same standard work in space between the planets of the Solar System, and maybe even beyond. Vinton “Vint” Cerf, who nowadays is vice-president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, works far-back on the extension of network communications beyond the Earth atmosphere.