Space Internet Allows Astronaut to Maneuver Earthling LEGO Robot

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A space wide web? NASA may soon be using something called DTN protocol as a new means to communicate with its out of this world technology

DTN stands for Disruption-Tolerant Networking and is still in an experimental phase. But an astronaut on the International Space Station has already used the platform to control a LEGO robot on Earth (based in Germany).

“The demonstration showed the feasibility of using a new communications infrastructure to send commands to a surface robot from an orbiting spacecraft and receive images and data back from the robot,” NASAS’s Badri Younes in a press release.

So how similar is the new solution to the actual internet? NASA emphasized DTN provides what it says are “standardized communications similar to the Internet to function over long distances and through time delays associated with on-orbit or deep space spacecraft or robotic systems.”

The system, meanwhile, could become highly relevant in future space tasks including a manned mission to Mars.