Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series


PostedJanuary 17, 2004

MCI's Vinton Cerf is a founder of our now-indispensable Internet here on Earth, and believed an early head start would be needed to meet the engineering challenges.  For example: Even transmitting at the speed of light, Internet surfing astronauts on Mars would now have to wait up to forty minutes for a response to their Google search.  Engineers currently plan to link a backbone of independent Internet gateways, perhaps at each planet (start thinking about adding "dot-earth" to your address).  It will first be used for communication with and among unmanned spacecraft and will be there when astronauts need to phone home.  Like Earth's Internet, this system will be used for science first, but Dr. Cerf thinks commercial applications of the technology are inevitable.  Hopefully that won't include spamming Mars rovers.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.