NASA & ESA Test Interplanetary Internet Using LEGO

NASA & ESA Test Interplanetary Internet Using LEGO

An astronaut on the International Space Station has successfully controlled a LEGO robot using technology designed to be the internet for space exploration.

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In a test of technology that may one day be used to explore other planets, NASA and the ESA have teamed up using LEGO and NASA's Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocol. The protocol is intended as an alternate to the standard internet protocol, TCP-IP. In the future, NASA hopes that the technology can be used to enable internet-like communications between space vehicles and habitats or infrastructure on other planets. An astronaut on the International Space Station remotely controlled a LEGO robot in Germany while receiving images and data from the robot, all on a NASA developed laptop. NASA hopes that the demonstration shows how, according to a NASA employee, "The experimental DTN we've tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations."

The principal problem with controlling a robot from orbit is all of the interruptions, since the standard internet protocol wants a complete path from one end to the other. DTN, however, is designed for a situation where the information cannot reach the target continuously - like space, where the vast distances make communication less than instant and reliable. NASA describes the data as moving "hop-by-hop" as the various links in the network become available. NASA's Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) program coordinated the effort as part of their mission in support of other agency missions.

Source: NASA

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Mmmmmm......gimme gimme 'dat technology! ^-^

and come to think of it that I, myself forsaw this!
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who has now the childish imagination!

no, seriously thats cool. even though they will have to be really patient when downloading stuff on mars.

and they will have to rely on torents since conventional downloads cant mostly be continued.

I can't wait until this wondrous creation is duplo-yed.

So now you can get porn in space! Although if ME is to be believed there is always alien babes around.

Evil Smurf:
So now you can get porn in space! Although if ME is to be believed there is always alien babes around.

I can't wait when somehow we are hooked up to an alien version of the internet. The first thing i will look at will be there version of porn.

Anyway as good and as awesome robots are there will be atime when we will have to send a human there. Still a great step for robot

And now we have this phrase: "Well at least your internet connection is as bad as the Earth to the Moon!"

Also, Considering how expensive this is to test, it's amazing it worked at all. Talk about being nervous over unexpected bugs.

Hey what?

The title reflects the content of the story. Weird.

Omega500:

Evil Smurf:
So now you can get porn in space! Although if ME is to be believed there is always alien babes around.

I can't wait when somehow we are hooked up to an alien version of the internet. The first thing i will look at will be there version of porn.

...

I daresay it'd be less exciting then it sounds, unless you like watching octopus sex or pond slime mulitplying.

remote contrl robots. the easy replacement of hard labour workforce. peoprl are forced into intellectual jobs. peopel are forced to think. i can only see good things.

On a NASA developed laptop? I wanna see a pic of that, not lego!

When my little sister said in the future we'd all live in different planets and talk to each other over the "space internet", I thought it was so cute that she had such a fertile imagination. Now I must admit that I'm a little freaked out with the idea that she might be an undercover KGB agent or something!

thaluikhain:
Hey what?

The title reflects the content of the story. Weird.

Omega500:

Evil Smurf:
So now you can get porn in space! Although if ME is to be believed there is always alien babes around.

I can't wait when somehow we are hooked up to an alien version of the internet. The first thing i will look at will be there version of porn.

...

I daresay it'd be less exciting then it sounds, unless you like watching octopus sex or pond slime mulitplying.

I have no doubt that even if we wind up meeting the Octopus Slime People, it will be only a matter of time until some of us decide "I'd hit that" and figure out how to have sex, or something resembling sex, with them. And heaven help the Galaxy if we actually run into the Asari or some such...

EDIT: This clip from the old sci-fi show Crusade illustrates the point nicely.

Jandau:

thaluikhain:
Hey what?

The title reflects the content of the story. Weird.

Omega500:

I can't wait when somehow we are hooked up to an alien version of the internet. The first thing i will look at will be there version of porn.

...

I daresay it'd be less exciting then it sounds, unless you like watching octopus sex or pond slime mulitplying.

I have no doubt that even if we wind up meeting the Octopus Slime People, it will be only a matter of time until some of us decide "I'd hit that" and figure out how to have sex, or something resembling sex, with them. And heaven help the Galaxy if we actually run into the Asari or some such....

True, and TBH, if everyone is a consenting adult sentient thingy, not my place to judge.

But they'd be judged by plenty of otehrs.

Unfortunately, you really wouldn't be able to play an online game with people on Earth while you're on, for example, Mars. Your ping would be upwards of half an hour.

Damn it.... Does that mean that as an IT guy I gotta learn about a whole new internet?

Sweet now someone can four gate you or teabag your corpse FROM SPACE!

OT: This really does interest me since it shows we're slowly developing the technology to someday colonize our moon or get a well established presence in space.

you just know who ever built the Lego robot spent an hour looking for 'that one fucking *twitch twitch* piece'

you can't even build with Legos and NOT do that, it's like, cosmic law or something

That's the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0!

I loved that thing :D

I feel very happy for the astronaughts. Now they don't have to spend months up there without porn.

Jandau:

thaluikhain:
Hey what?

The title reflects the content of the story. Weird.

Omega500:

I can't wait when somehow we are hooked up to an alien version of the internet. The first thing i will look at will be there version of porn.

...

I daresay it'd be less exciting then it sounds, unless you like watching octopus sex or pond slime mulitplying.

I have no doubt that even if we wind up meeting the Octopus Slime People, it will be only a matter of time until some of us decide "I'd hit that" and figure out how to have sex, or something resembling sex, with them. And heaven help the Galaxy if we actually run into the Asari or some such...

EDIT: This clip from the old sci-fi show Crusade illustrates the point nicely.

I will feel sorry for human women when that day happens.

Jerry Pendleton:

Jandau:

thaluikhain:
Hey what?

The title reflects the content of the story. Weird.

...

I daresay it'd be less exciting then it sounds, unless you like watching octopus sex or pond slime mulitplying.

I have no doubt that even if we wind up meeting the Octopus Slime People, it will be only a matter of time until some of us decide "I'd hit that" and figure out how to have sex, or something resembling sex, with them. And heaven help the Galaxy if we actually run into the Asari or some such...

EDIT: This clip from the old sci-fi show Crusade illustrates the point nicely.

I will feel sorry for human women when that day happens.

See, now that's just sexist. Who's to say that human women won't be hitting up some Octopus Slime Dudes for some tentacle lovin'...

Jandau:

Jerry Pendleton:

Jandau:

I have no doubt that even if we wind up meeting the Octopus Slime People, it will be only a matter of time until some of us decide "I'd hit that" and figure out how to have sex, or something resembling sex, with them. And heaven help the Galaxy if we actually run into the Asari or some such...

EDIT: This clip from the old sci-fi show Crusade illustrates the point nicely.

I will feel sorry for human women when that day happens.

See, now that's just sexist. Who's to say that human women won't be hitting up some Octopus Slime Dudes for some tentacle lovin'...

I was referring to the Asari.

Jerry Pendleton:

Jandau:

Jerry Pendleton:

I will feel sorry for human women when that day happens.

See, now that's just sexist. Who's to say that human women won't be hitting up some Octopus Slime Dudes for some tentacle lovin'...

I was referring to the Asari.

Asari can mate with males and females equally, so again, I doubt the human women will be left out.

Jandau:

Jerry Pendleton:

Jandau:

See, now that's just sexist. Who's to say that human women won't be hitting up some Octopus Slime Dudes for some tentacle lovin'...

I was referring to the Asari.

Asari can mate with males and females equally, so again, I doubt the human women will be left out.

So it's an all round win for both sexes? Nice.

 

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