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3. IPN Astronautical Engineering

FACT SHEET:  IPN ASTRONAUTICAL ENGINEERING FRAMEWORK

The purpose of this fact sheet is to introduce the IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework, including goals, projects, and proposed constituent elements. This program is part of the InterPlanetary Network Special Interest Group (IPNSIG), an Internet Society (ISOC) chapter, operated and supported by the San Francisco Bay Internet Society (SFBayISOC).

 The IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework is an IPN Academic Relations initiative, designed to promote collaboration among the IPNSIG, academic institutions, and partners. This is accomplished via Research and Development projects in Astronautical Engineering that extend IPN capabilities. All projects are administered in accordance with the IPN Academic Relations processes, policies, and standards.

 

GOALS

  1. CONTINUE and CONVERGE EXISTING ACTIVITIES: Leverage existing work-in-progress to continue building the foundation of the IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework, including converging projects, activities, and resources where appropriate.
  2. EXPAND EXISTING and INITIATE NEW ACTIVITIES: Expand existing projects and/or initiate new projects, in response to IPN activity and funding allocated to the Astronautical Engineering Framework.
  3. ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, and EVOLVE the IPN ASTRONAUTICAL ENGINEERING INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE: Develop and maintain the IPN Astronautical Engineering Integrated Architecture, including defining appropriate constituent elements, in compliance with the IPN Integrated Architecture processes, policies, and standards.
  4. ALIGN with the IPN INTEGRATED FRAMEWORK: Integrate the IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework with the IPN Integrated Framework, which includes the IPN Internet Engineering Framework, and the IPN Cognitive Sciences Framework.
  5. ENGAGE ISOC MEMBERS: Invite global ISOC chapter members to participate on IPN Astronautical Engineering projects, specific to their interests.
  6. ENGAGE CAMPUS PARTY MEMBERS: Partner with Campus Party to develop IPN Astronautical Engineering projects specific to each Campus Party event’s focus.
  7. ENGAGE ACADEMIC MEMBERS: Partner with academia on IPN Astronautical Engineering projects specific to their research strengths and interests.
  8. SHOWCASE PROJECTS at EVENTS: Present IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework information, and showcase projects, including demos, during ISOC, Campus Party, and academic events.

PROJECTS

Existing and proposed activities and projects of the IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework are selected in accordance with the IPN Integrated Framework Project Selection Criteria, (see Reference List below),  which is based on each proposed project’s contribution to the IPN. The IPN Integrated Framework  Project Registry, provides the portfolio of existing projects, as well as the process to submit proposed projects for review and approval. ISOC members, Campus Party members, and academic research centers are invited to participate in existing projects. or submit new proposals, according to their expertise, strengths, and interests.

 

CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS

Three elements constitute the IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework, in accordance with short-term and long-term goals and capabilities of the IPN Integrated Architecture. These are listed below:

  1. IPN Astronautical Engineering Requirements
  2. IPN Intelligent Satellite Network (IISNet) Architecture for Terrestrial and Extra-Terrestrial Applications
  3. Integration with the IPN Integrated Architecture

These three elements have been selected based on the need for a network of “intelligent” satellites, and other space-faring platforms, and ground stations, equipped with devices running the IPN-compliant Internet protocol, specifically the DTN protocol. Additional elements may be added to the IPN Astronautical Engineering Architecture, in alignment with IPN’s future goals and capabilities. A brief description of each of the 3 elements listed above is provided below.

IPN ASTRONAUTICAL ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS:  The IPN Astronautical Engineering Requirements provides a blueprint that specifies the use cases, functional requirements, capabilities delivered as services, and the service interfaces that enable integration in accordance with the IPN Integrated Architecture standards.

IPN INTELLIGENT SATELLITE NETWORK (IISNet) ARCHITECTURE for TERRESTRIAL and EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL APPLICATIONS:  The IPN Intelligent Satellite Network Architecture specifies the blueprint for a network of IPN satellites to address the IPN Astronautical Engineering User Requirements for terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications, and enable integration in accordance with the IPN Integrated Architecture standards. There are four projects proposed as the initial academic focus for the IPN Astronautical Engineering Framework:

  1. EARTH IISNet Architecture specific to Earth applications
  2. MOON IISNet Architecture specific to Moon applications
  3. MARS IISNet Architecture specific to Mars applications
  4. EUROPA IISNet Architecture specific to Europa (Jupiter moon) applications.

IPN ASTRONAUTICAL ENGINEERING INTEGRATION WITH THE IPN INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE:  Defines the process to ensure that all components of the IPN Astronautical Engineering Integrated Architecture are in compliance with all IPN Integrated Architecture processes, policies, and standards.

 

REFERENCES

(1) IPN-Doc-201300001: IPN Introduction

(2) IPN_Doc201300003: IPN Integrated Framework

(3) IPN-Doc201300003: IPN Integrated Architecture

(4) IPN-Doc-201300004: IPN Project Portfolio

(4.1) IPN-Doc-201300004.1: IPN Integrated Framework Project Selection Criteria

(4.2) IPN-Doc-201300004.2: IPN Integrated Framework Project Registry

(5) IPN-Doc00005 IPN Astronautical Engineering Integrated Architecture

(5.1) IPN-Doc00005.001 IPN Astronautical Engineering User Requirements Architecture

(5.2) IPN-Doc00005.002 IPN Intelligent Satellite Network (IISNet) Architecture

(5.2.1) IPN-Doc00005.003 IPN Intelligent Satellite Network Architecture for Earth

(5.2.2) IPN Doc00005.003 IPN Intelligent Satellite Network Architecture for the Moon

(5.2.3) IPN Doc00005.003 IPN Intelligent Satellite Network Architecture for Mars

(5.2.4) IPN Doc00005.003 IPN Intelligent Satellite Network Architecture for Europa

(5.3) IPN_Doc00005.005 IPN Astronautical Engineering Integration with the IPN Integrated Architecture

(6) IPN-Doc-00005: IPN Internet Engineering Integrated Framework

(7) IPN-Doc-00007: IPN Cognitive Sciences Integrated Framework

(8) http://io9.com/5785130/meet-the-future-of-the-space-program-artificially+intelligent-satellites

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