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Reigniting the Dream

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society has teamed with Vint Cerf (considered by many to be the “Father of the Internet”) and researchers from NASA/JPL, Miter Corporation, and many other institutions around the world to reignite the dream of on interplanetary system of data communications, known as the InterPlanetary Network (IPN). The work centers around revitalizing the InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG) of the Internet Society. So far, the group has:

  • Reestablished an active governing board
  • Redesigned and refreshed the website
  • Garnered pro gratis support from the technical writing firm, Warthman Associates, to revise a Delay & Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) Tutorial for technical readers (available at
  • Worked with Warthman Associates to develop a DTN Primer for non-technical readers (available at

IPNSIG has big plans for 2013 and beyond. Because DTN is such a critical component of their envisioned interplanetary communications network, their first priority is to promote the development, maturity and adoption of DTN for both interplanetary and terrestrial use. In fact, investigating the potential of DTN to solve interesting terrestrial problems, is high on their list for 2013. Their goals for 2013 include:

  • Facilitate the development of easy-to-use SDK’s for various development platforms, especially for mobile use.
  • Raising funding for development resources to establish a publicly available testbed for DTN applications
  • Developing a DTN application development competition to be staged at Campus Party Silicon Valley in 2014. This competition will become an annual event in honor of Adrian Hooke, one of the leading figures in InterPlanetary Networking within IPNSIG, NASA, and the global Space Agency community.
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