Announcements

January 2023 Newsletter

On January 9, 2023, the IPNSIG Board voted to
launch the IPNSIG Academy Working Group. Laura Chappell will head this new
working group as it focuses on two goals: continue supporting the monthly
IPNSIG Academy Keynotes and building an Essentials of Interplanetary
Internetworking
 course. Ms. Chappell is the Founder of Chappell
University, a best-selling author, a highly-respected presenter, the creator of
the WCNA Certification Program, and a member of the IPNSIG Technical
Documentation, IPNSIG Outreach, IPNSIG Architecture, and Governance Working
Groups. Ms. Chappell is also Vice President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of
the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

 

The Essentials of Interplanetary Internetworking
course will be designed to inspire and educate a broad audience on space
communication technologies, policies, and governance issues. The curriculum
will be designed to promote interest and expertise in developing the
interplanetary Internet and complement the existing IPNSIG Academy Keynote
series.

 

For more information on the IPNSIG Academy
Working Group, the Essentials of Interplanetary Internetworking course, or the
IPNSIG Academy Keynote series, please visit ipnsig.org or email
us at 
academy@ipnsig.org.

Promotional Video Deadline Extended

IPNSIG Promotional Video  — Submission Deadline Extended

 

Members and friends—

 

It has come to our attention that there was at least one instance
of email forwarding failure that resulted in our not receiving a submission in
response to our original
request for the
IPNSIG Promotional Video. Therefore, we are extending the submission deadline
for proposals through the end of February, 2023. If you had previously made a
proposal but with no acknowledgement from us, we kindly ask you to resend the
material again. Plea
se
note that a new email account has been created to receive your responses: 
promovideo@ipnsig.org.

 

IPNSIG is looking for a graphic designer willing to help us make a
short  100-year Interplanetary Network
Vision promotion video.   The video will be used to communicate with our
external stakeholders and amongst ourselves to showcase our long-term mission
and vision for interplanetary space.  

 

Video proposals welcome from all IPNSIG members (and also from non-members).
Through the selection process described below, IPNSIG will award $2K to the designer
who most successfully delivers the video product.  Note that if you are
chosen, you will work closely with the board so that the video best aligns with
the brand and vision of IPNSIG. 

 

Here, you will find a conceptual
overview of what we are looking for. We hope to see many proposals from all of
you. If you have any questions about the concept or the process, please send a
note to 
promovideo@ipnsig.org

Process:

    By
February 28, 2023 : 
Participants will document their previous work or
experience and also provide a short “sample video” for board review. 
Please send your entries to 
promovideo@ipnsig.org

    By March 16, 2023 : Board will
select the winning entry amongst those submitted

    By End of May, 2023 (target) : Winner
produces full-length video with feedback from the
board    

    By End of June, 2023 (target) :  Board
approval of full-length video. 

    Cash award will be provided to the
winner upon board approval. 

Kaneko,
IPNSIG President



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December IPNSIG Newsletter

IPNSIG 2022 summary

Dear IPNSIG members,

As we approach the end of the calendar year, I see that our chapter has been extremely vigorous toward our vision of expanding networking to interplanetary space. 

If you recall, in 2022, we became the first space chapter, namely the Interplanetary Chapter of the Internet Society, and our work including the ones in progress are being widely noticed in the global community. 

As we reflect upon ourselves this year, we have witnessed the success of the Artemis1 mission which opened up a new era in space exploration. 
With the global momentum that is pushing our human boundaries farther into deep space, the need for a communication infrastructure continues to
rise.  The buildout of the Solar System Internet (SSI) has entered its prologue, and as the Interplanetary Chapter, we continue to seek a common network infrastructure that benefits humanity. 

In line with our vision, I would like to share some highlights of our achievements in 2022.

   Architecture and Governance Working Group

The Architecture and Governance Working Group (AWG) was formed to assess the technical challenges in achieving a common network infrastructure and to explore the possible organizational structure that could support the development, governance and evolution of the SSI.  The AWG aims to publicize a report next year for further discussion of our work with the broader international community, so stay tuned for more information. 

    Strategy Working Group

We have shared the Strategy toward the Solar System Internet for humanity report in various forums, including the NASA DTNWG, IPNSIG Academy, Eurodig 2022, STINT WS and at the recent ISOC North America-Caribbean regional call. Our work is being widely noticed and we will continue to broaden our roadmap developments in the following year. 

    Projects Working Group

The Projects Working Group has developed during the year a Global Network to test the Bundle Protocol Suite with the usage of DTN (Delay and
Disruption tolerant networking) for the Interplanetary Internet. This network was deployed with volunteers from 15 countries and several other locations are interested in joining.

The PWG DTN network has received interest from Space Agencies, private companies and developers for testing and deploying their applications on the Interplanetary Internet. A technical laboratory for testing the DTN technologies on different hardware was developed by one of our PWG members. PWG members have also tested interoperability between different DTN implementations.

Several practical applications using DTN for communications have been developed and can be applied to Space travel and challenged environments on Earth as well, including mobile telephone messaging using DTN, reindeers tracking in the Arctic, environmental protection
technologies in underground protected caves and medical records for space exploration.

In the area of base communications technology, the PWG members have developed technologies such as IPV6 for ION DTN, ION-DTN Lora-DTN  (which is used in very challenged environments) interfaces allowing the development and expansion of this technology for real life applications. Software tools have also been developed for management and operation of the PWG network.

As a contribution to the public domain, several documents and open source software have been presented on the mentioned developments with the intention of facilitating the expansion of the DTN technologies for public usage. Public presentations have been performed about our work including presentations and collaboration with Space agencies like NASA, and private companies that are interested in Space travel, and plan to incorporate the DTN technologies to their deployments.

You can review several videos about the various conferences in the PWG blog at http://pwg.ipnsig.space

For next year 2023, the PWG plans to expand our network to Space as an immediate project.

    Technical Documentation Working Group

The Technical Documentation Working Group works quietly, behind the scenes, to collect and organize published documents that can help the student or researcher or interested fan learn more about interplanetary networking.

At this time, the IPNSIG Zotero Library – implemented using Zotero software and backed up each month – comprises nearly 300 items, including all
IPNSIG Academy talks; all items are tagged with keywords, linked, and filed in virtual folders.  In 2023 we will move the library to a new website and we will also be reviewing all of the IPNSIG Academy chat-rooms records, looking for citations of additional resources that need to be in the library.

    Outreach Working Group

IPNSIG Outreach Working Group has revitalized itself with a small core team of dynamic members: Laura Chappell, Ginny Spicer and Henry Danielsen. They are already making significant headway.

Laura Chappell has developed a forms-based tracking system, using SmartSheet to automate most of the processes necessary to plan, organize and execute IPNSIG Academy Webinars. Thanks, Laura!

Ginny Spicer has identified a simpler web development platform for ipnsig.org, that will greatly simplify things for content creators. A real bonus is that this platform has far superior email capabilities compared to our current hosting solution. Ginny will be presenting the new website she has
developed for ipnsig.org to the Board in January.

Finally, Henry Danielsen has volunteered to develop remote learning content for IPNSIG Academy, providing direct engagement with educators and
students, teaching them the basics of DTN.

We are really excited to have these great folks on board, and are looking forward to what they will accomplish in 2023. 

    IPNSIG Academy

IPNSIG launched its IPNSIG Academy events in May of 2022. We have met our goal of producing a webinar each month – a total of eight webinars in 2022. Attendance has been good, with a lot of questions during the Q&A session following each presentation. We have also had a lot of views of our video recordings. You can access the video recordings and presentation materials by using the IPNSIG Zotero library, as mentioned above, or you can check out the IPNSIG Academy Events page on our website. The table there lists past and future IPNSIG Academy webinars, with links to video recordings and presentation materials as they become available.

Bigger and better things are planned for IPNSIG Academy in 2023! Not only are we lining up some really great speakers, but we also want to expand IPNSIG Academy to more directly engage the educational community. More details about that in a future newsletter!

Lastly, I wish everyone a very merry holiday season and all the best for the New Year.

Kaneko

 

IPNSIG President 

Upcoming events of Interest

Upcoming Events of Interest 

The first upcoming event that you all might be interested in attending is the Internet Society’s (ISOC) North America Regional call scheduled for December 13, 2022, at 1800 UTC. This will be an opportunity to see updates from other ISOC Chapters in the North American region. It will also be an opportunity to see our President, Kaneko, provide an update on IPNSIG’s (remember, we are also the Interplanetary Chapter of ISOC) vision and activities for calendar year 2022.

Announcements about the meeting have already been sent by ISOC. If you haven’t already registered for it, please do so here: https://isoc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcuGrrToqGdLiKWTJSTxyHxkPCVUTO-Gy

A more detailed view of IPNSIG’s activities for calendar 2022 will be published near the end of this month.

The second upcoming event you might be interested in is the January IPNSIG Webinar, which comes up very quickly after the holidays, on January 4, 2023. This webinar will feature IPNSIG Board Member Dr. Keith Scott. Keith will provide an overview of the Consultative Committee on Space Data Systems (CCSDS—the global standards setting organization for civilian space flight communications). Keith is uniquely qualified to speak about CCSDS. He has been involved in the development of DTN since 1998 and is currently the chair for the Space Internetworking Systems Delay Tolerant Networking Working Group for CCSDS.

More information about the January IPNSIG Webinar will be published soon, including registration links and a presentation summary.

IPNSIG Promotional Video Announcement

IPNSIG Promotional Video  Announcement of Opportunity

 

IPNSIG is looking for a graphic designer willing to help us make a
short  100-year Interplanetary Network Vision promotion video.   The
video will be used to communicate with our external stakeholders and amongst
ourselves to showcase our long-term mission and vision for interplanetary
space.  

 

Video proposals welcome from all IPNSIG members (and also from
non-members). Through the selection process described below, IPNSIG will award $2K
to the designer who most successfully
delivers the video product.  Note that if you are chosen, you will work
closely with the board so that the video best aligns with the brand and vision
of IPNSIG. 

 

Here, you will find a conceptual overview of what we are looking
for. We hope to see many proposals from all of you. If you have any questions
about the concept or the process, please send a note to
secretariat@ipnsig.org

Process:

    By November 30, 2022 : Participants will document their
previous work or experience and also provide a short “sample video”
for board review.  Please send your entries to
secretariat@ipnsig.org

    By December 16, 2022 : Board will select the winning entry amongst those submitted

    By End of February, 2023 (target) : Winner produces full-length video with feedback from the board    

    By End of April, 2023 (target) :  Board approval of full-length video. 

    Cash award will be provided to the winner upon board approval. 

 Kaneko, IPNSIG President


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IPNSIG now tax exempt

IPNSIG Receives Tax Exempt Status from the US Internal Revenue Service 

The Interplanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG) has received confirmation from the US Internal Revenue Service that it is now qualified to operate as a non-profit, charitable, tax-exempt organization. In simple terms, this means that donations to IPNSIG can be treated by donors as tax-deductible contributions for US Federal Income Tax purposes. The IPNSIG Board believes that this status will provide additional incentive for supporters to provide resources that allow IPNSIG to accomplish its primary mission: to help standardize and demonstrate the readiness of the Bundle Protocol Suite to support the implementation of a Solar System Internet that can, in turn, support the exploration and eventual colonization of the Solar System.  

This was also the last major milestone to accomplish in order to formalize our status as an Internet Society Chapter (rather than a SIG). ISOC has changed the way they manage SIGs, and it made more sense for us to continue our affiliation with the Internet Society as a Chapter. However, we will be retaining the name IPNSIG in order to avoid confusion with many of our external friends, who have been used to referring to us as IPNSIG for over twenty years. We are incorporated in the State of California as IPNSIG, Inc. 

We want to thank especially our Secretary/Treasurer, Michael Snell, for his persistent due diligence in accomplishing this registration.  

Yosuke Kaneko, on behalf of the IPNSIG Board