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NASA SCaN-Space Networking Implementation & Streaming Testing/Lunar Operations - SIP

Study and implementation of Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) capabilities into lunar surface robotics to create an experimental space communications testbed, and evaluate performance under varying conditions and configurations.

Duties and responsibilities of the intern: Researching the specific applicability of DTN to robotic platforms, collaborating with DTN team, tailoring networking protocol to fit application and implementing on a small computing platform such as a Raspberry Pi to demonstrate functionality. The resulting system will be combined with other elements (such as instrumentation and physical layer communications) to experiment with data delivery methods from the surface of the moon back to Earth. An overview of the general project may be found at:

Desired Qualifications: Networking, Computer Architectures, Software Development.

Computer/Software Skills: C++, working with Git, ability to become familiar and work with the bundle protocol code found here:

Scientific and Technical Skills: Working knowledge of basic networking standards and embedded system development, and object oriented knowledge. Relevant reference information on the current project may be found at: and and

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office, a division of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, provides programmatic oversight of NASA's networks, advanced communication technologies, and other space communication requirements. These capabilities form the backbone of all NASA missions, providing critical connectivity from spacecraft to ground. SCaN provides the strategic guidance necessary to ensure NASA's space communication resources continue to meet the needs of their customers and the agency for years to come. SCaN is actively engaged in the wider international community dedicated to interoperability and compatibility for space communications and navigation.

To learn more: To learn more about the SCaN Intern Project (SIP) at NASA GRC, visit Glenn Core Competency: Communications Technology and Development.

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