Operations concept for a Solar System Internetwork

Charles D. Edwards, Michel Denis, Lena Braatz
2011 2011 Aerospace Conference  
Space communications to date has been largely managed at the link layer, with simple point-to-point links between a spacecraft at Earth. However, future space exploration scenarios involve much richer communications scenarios, with complex network scenarios involving space assets communicating back to Earth via multiple intermediate relay service providers. To support these more complex network scenarios, the Space Internetworking Strategy Group has developed an operations concept for a Solar
more » ... stem Internetwork (SSI). The operations concept draws on the successes of the terrestrial Internet while addressing unique aspects of space communications. Key elements of the operations concept include a standardized network layer across the end-to-end SSI and the underlying processes for development of a contact plan that captures the link layer connectivity among SSI network nodes.
doi:10.1109/aero.2011.5747340 fatcat:xup6ottgprao5iwio7xbcwo6ji