IPNSIG Academy

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.

IPNSIG Academy February Webinar

Register now for the February IPNSIG Academy Webinar

Join us for our February IPNSIG Academy Webinar on Interplanetary Internet Governance.  Our speaker, Dr. Laura E. DeNardis, is a Professor of Technology, Ethics and Society at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She has published seven books and numerous articles on the political and social implications of Internet technical architecture and governance.  

Your moderator will be Jim Schier from NASA, who is currently leading discussions on governance for LunaNet (NASA’s planned  “Lunar Internet” for cis-lunar spacecraft and installations).

DATE: February 1, 2023

TIME: 1700 – 1800 Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. Register here.

Speaker and Moderator bios will be published next week, along with a summary of the presentation.

 

January IPNSIG Academy Video & Preso Available

The video recording and presentation materials for January’s IPNSIG Academy presentation by Dr. Keith Scott are now available. The video is available here. The presentation is available here.  We’d like to thank Dr. Scott again for his really interesting and engaging presentation about the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) DTN Standardization Efforts.

December IPNSIG Academy Video & Preso

The video recording and presentation from Dr. Ed Birrane’s December IPNSIG Academy Webinar are available. The video is available here. The presentation is available here. Thanks again to Dr. Birrane for his very engaging presentation about IETF standardization efforts.

Speaker Bio for January IPNSIG Academy Webinar

Your Speaker: Dr. Keith Scott worked for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1997-1998, where he used ACTS mobile terminal data to characterize the effects of Ka-band satellite channels on TCP and SCPS-TP performance. Since joining The MITRE Corporation in 1998, Keith has worked on a number of projects for NASA and the DoD concerning communications in stressed environments including satellite and tactical data networks. He began working on the Interplanetary Internet in 1998, implemented a precursor to the current Bundle Protocol, and is co-author of RFC5050. Keith currently serves as chair of the Space Internetworking Systems Delay Tolerant Networking Working Group in the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems that is standardizing DTN protocols for use in civilian space missions. Keith is also a member of the Internet Research Task Force and Internet Engineering Task Force’s Delay Tolerant Networking working groups.

Your Moderator: Scott Burleigh recently retired from a position as Principal Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he had been developing flight mission software since 1986. A founding member of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) Research Group of the Internet Research Task Force, Mr. Burleigh was a co-author of the DTN Architecture definition (Internet RFC 4838). He also co-authored the specification for version 6 of the DTN Bundle Protocol (BP, Internet RFC 5050), supporting automated data forwarding through a network of intermittently connected nodes, and is now lead author for the specification for BP version 7. Mr. Burleigh led the development and maintenance of implementations of BP and related protocols that are designed for integration into deep space mission flight software, with the long-term goal of enabling deployment of a delay-tolerant Solar System Internet. Mr. Burleigh has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and four NASA Space Act Board Awards for his work on the design and implementation of these communication protocols

Please join us for our January IPNSIG Academy Webinar!

Keith Scott (Chief Architect, Advanced Networking for Assured Communications) will present an overview of DTN standardization within the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS– the global standards-setting organization for civilian space flight communications).

The presentation will include an overview of CCSDS, focusing on the activities of the Space Internetworking Systems Delay Tolerant Networking working group, including profiling of IETF RFCs for use in space, as well as space-specific protocols in the DTN suite.

Date: January 4th

Time: 1700 – 1800 hours Eastern Time Zone (US & Canada)

The webinar is free to attend, but you must register to attend. Register here.

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 

Reminder: Register now for January IPNSIG Academy Webinar

Please join us for our January IPNSIG Academy Webinar!

Keith Scott (Chief Architect, Advanced Networking for Assured Communications) will present an overview of DTN standardization within the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS– the global standards-setting organization for civilian space flight communications).

The presentation will include an overview of CCSDS, focusing on the activities of the Space Internetworking Systems Delay Tolerant Networking working group, including profiling of IETF RFCs for use in space, as well as space-specific protocols in the DTN suite.

Date: January 4th

Time: 1700 – 1800 hours Eastern Time Zone (US & Canada)

The webinar is free to attend, but you must register to attend. Register here.

Speaker Bio for December IPNSIG Academy Webinar


Your Speaker
Dr Birrane is a computer scientist and embedded software engineer who focuses on the adaption of computer networking protocols for use in non-traditional environments. He has supported a variety of embedded software engineering efforts, to include theNASA New Horizons mission to explore the Pluto-Charon system and the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission to observe the outer corona of our sun.

He works with industry, government, and academia on the design and development of protocols to implement the Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) architecture. He co-chairs the DTN working group within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he is a coauthor of BPv7 (RFC 9171), BPSec (RFC9172), and the default security contexts for BPSec (RFC 9173). He is a member of the principal professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics

Laboratory as the Chief Engineer for Space Constellation Networking. He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at both the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Your Moderator

Scott Burleigh recently retired from a position as Principal Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he had been developing flight mission software since 1986. A founding member of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) Research Group of the Internet Research Task Force, Mr. Burleigh was a co-author of the DTN Architecture definition (Internet RFC 4838). He also co-authored the specification for version 6 of the DTN Bundle Protocol (BP, Internet RFC 5050), supporting automated data forwarding through a network of intermittently connected nodes, and is now lead author for the specification for BP version 7. Mr. Burleigh led the development and maintenance of implementations of BP and related protocols that are designed for integration into deep space mission flight software, with the long-term goal of enabling deployment of a delay-tolerant Solar System Internet. Mr. Burleigh has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and four NASA Space Act Board Awards for his work on the design and implementation of these communication protocols.

The December IPNSIG Academy Keynote is approaching fast! Edward J. Birrane (Chief Engineer Space Constellation Networking Space Exploration Sector, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory) will be presenting an overview of the IETF Standardization Efforts

Date: December 7, 2022

Time: 1700 – 1800 Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. Register here.

IPNSIG Academy December Webinar Summary

IPNSIG Academy December Webinar Summary

The envisioned Interplanetary Internet (IPN) would represent an engineering feat as ambitious as it is complex.Proliferating telecommunications infrastructure throughout our solar system promises to reinvent space exploration just as the terrestrial internet reinvented how we interact as a society. We have taken an important first step on the journey to making this feat a reality, with the definition of Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) as an architecture for deep-space networks. Our next steps over years and decades will be to refine and implement this work in both our terrestrial and celestial neighborhoods.

We undertake this astronomical endeavor heartened by what we can engineer today.There have been incredible advancements in both spacecraft engineering and terrestrial networking technologies. These domains have vibrant, successful industry, government, and academic components that steadily evolve our national and societal capabilities. Looking back at over 40 years of innovation for inspiration, the power of standards emerges as a common strength. Agreeing on features, protocols, operations, and governance allows bright industrious minds from across the globe to build diverse and resilient systems. To build an IPN is to standardize its important functions.

This talk introduces the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as an important standards body working to enable our IPN vision. This talk begins by discussing how the evolution of the terrestrial internet benefits not just deep-space systems but also a variety of system closer to home. Then, a short overview of the IETF (in general) and the DTN working group (in particular) is provided. This includes discussion on how to stay up to date with the working group and how to contribute to this important work. Finally, this talk discusses other activities being discussed in the IETF, such as time-variant routing.

The December IPNSIG Academy Keynote is approaching fast! Edward J. Birrane (Chief Engineer Space Constellation Networking Space Exploration Sector, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory) will be presenting an overview of the IETF Standardization Efforts

Date: December 7, 2022

Time: 1700 – 1800 Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. Register here.

 

Register Now for December IPNSIG Academy Webinar

The December IPNSIG Academy Keynote is approaching fast!. Edward J. Birrane (Chief Engineer Space Constellation Networking Space Exploration Sector,
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory) will be presenting an overview of the IETF Standardization Efforts

Date: December 7, 2022

Time: 1700 – 1800 Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. Register here.