A Roadmap Toward a Unified Space Communication Architecture

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Alhilal , A Y , Braud , T & Hui , P 2021 , ' A Roadmap Toward a Unified Space Communication Architecture ' , IEEE Access , vol. 9 , pp. 99633-99650 . https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3094828

Title: A Roadmap Toward a Unified Space Communication Architecture
Author: Alhilal, Ahmad Yousef; Braud, Tristan; Hui, Pan
Contributor organization: Department of Computer Science
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: IEEE Access
ISSN: 2169-3536
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3094828
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333231
Abstract: In recent years, the number of space exploration missions has multiplied. Such an increase raises the question of effective communication between the multitude of human-made objects spread across our solar system. An efficient and scalable communication architecture presents multiple challenges, including the distance between planetary entities, their motion and potential obstruction, the limited available payload on satellites, and the high mission cost. This paper brings together recent relevant specifications, standards, mission demonstrations, and the most recent proposals to develop a unified architecture for deep-space internetworked communication. After characterizing the transmission medium and its unique challenges, we explore the available communication technologies and frameworks to establish a reliable communication architecture across the solar system. We then draw an evolutive roadmap for establishing a scalable communication architecture. This roadmap builds upon the mission-centric communication architectures in the upcoming years towards a fully interconnected network or InterPlanetary Internet (IPN). We finally discuss the tools available to develop such an architecture in the short, medium, and long terms. The resulting architecture cross-supports space agencies on the solar system-scale while significantly decreasing space communication costs. Through this analysis, we derive the critical research questions remaining for creating the IPN regarding the considerable challenges of space communication.
Subject: Space vehicles
Space missions
Deep-space communications
Computer architecture
Space communication
deep space
Interplanetary Internet
IPN network architecture
interplanetary network
interplanetary network infrastructure
113 Computer and information sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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