NASA grant backs ITTC Internet research


Lawrence,KS (10-20-2000)

From KU Office of University Relations



Researchers at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center have launched their experience in high-speed wireless communications and Internet protocols into space with a $362,000 NASA grant.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded the grant to ITTCs Gary Minden and Joe Evans for their project Architecture for Space-Based Internets. The two-year project grew out of ITTCs work with Rapidly Deployable Radio Networks, a wireless high-speed communications system for military units in the field. The information gleaned from that project will now be applied to satellites orbiting in space.

The project focuses on establishing reliable communication pathways among orbiting satellites and between those satellites and Earth.

Minden and Evans are KU professors of electrical engineering and computer science.

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