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Astronauts finally get Internet access in space

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Smashy, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Smashy

    Smashy

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    Jan 22, 2010 (12:26p CST)
    By MARCIA DUNN (AP Aerospace Writer)

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In a high tech first - really, really high - astronauts in space finally have Internet access.

    Space station resident Timothy (TJ) Creamer had been working with flight controllers to establish Internet access from his orbital post ever since he moved in last month. On Friday, his effort paid off. He posted the first live Twitter post truly from space.

    "Hello Twitterverse!" he wrote. "We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s"

    Before, orbiting astronauts had to send such Twitter updates by e-mail to Mission Control in Houston. Then controllers posted the tweets.

    The International Space Station crew can now use an on-board laptop to reach a desktop computer at Mission Control, and thereby browse the Web. This remote Internet access is possible whenever there is a solid high-speed communication link.

    It's expected to provide a big morale boost.

    "Long-duration astronauts, they commit to spending months away from family and friends. It's a pretty unique state of isolation," said NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries. "We expect this to enhance morale and productivity."

    The astronauts will be subject to the same Internet access guidelines as other on-the-job government employees, namely no interfering with work.

    Is NASA worried the astronauts might spend too much time online, more than 200 miles up?

    "These are highly driven individuals," Humphries said with a chuckle, "so they're going to get their work done first."

    The astronauts already had an Internet Protocol phone for private calls to family and friends.

    Creamer is one month into a five-month mission. He is sharing the space station with another American, one Japanese and two Russians.


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  2. HKUSP45Css

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    Any idea what protocol tech they're using? That's pretty bad ***.
     

  3. Smashy

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    I wonder if GlockTalk will be blocked.
     
  4. Annoyedgrunt

    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    So, they can now "tweet" to the "twitterverse" from outer-space.

    Hmmmm.


    Can I pay less taxes??
     
  5. exmdshooter

    exmdshooter WWJMBD?

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    Probably surfing porn tonight...
     
  6. CitizenOfDreams

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    From the standpoint of technology an IP data link to a low orbit satellite is something trivial. It just took a very special mind to come up with something as disgusting as "twitting from space".
     
  7. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Then why the hell can't I get DSL two miles from town?
     
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    :rofl:
     
  9. KING-PIN

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    What kind of router do you think they're using to get that kind of badass wi-fi?
     
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  10. CitizenOfDreams

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    The most common solution would be a pair of satellite modems and a pair of bridges (Ethernet to whatever data interface the modems support, typically HSSI or RS422). The RF path would be a bit tricky because of the movement of the station (antenna pointing and Doppler shift), but nothing too complicated.
     
  11. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I live less than a quarter mile from the main highway. Not in the boondocks by any means. This whole area is a dead area for DSL. The whole township seems to be black listed by the major carriers or something.

    Literally the only thing open to me is satellite, and cellular.
     
  12. Cochese

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    I wonder if they have had to enable their WEP encryption to keep them ruskies out of it?
     
  13. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    Great, just what we need...a bunch of astronauts getting paid to fly to a space station and goof off on Facebook.
     
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    The names of Gagarin and Armstrong will soon be forgotten. The new children's hero will be the dude who was the first to tweet from space.
     
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    You meant Chinese, eh?

    'Drew
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