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Architecture for Cognitive Networking within NASAs Future Space Communications InfrastructureFuture space mission concepts and designs pose many networking challenges for command, telemetry, and science data applications with diverse end-to-end data delivery needs. For future end-to-end architecture designs, a key challenge is meeting expected application quality of service requirements for multiple simultaneous mission data flows with options to use diverse onboard local data buses, commercial ground networks, and multiple satellite relay constellations in LEO, MEO, GEO, or even deep space relay links. Effectively utilizing a complex network topology requires orchestration and direction that spans the many discrete, individually addressable computer systems, which cause them to act in concert to achieve the overall network goals. The system must be intelligent enough to not only function under nominal conditions, but also adapt to unexpected situations, and reorganize or adapt to perform roles not originally intended for the system or explicitly programmed. This paper describes architecture features of cognitive networking within the future NASA space communications infrastructure, and interacting with the legacy systems and infrastructure in the meantime. The paper begins by discussing the need for increased automation, including inter-system collaboration. This discussion motivates the features of an architecture including cognitive networking for future missions and relays, interoperating with both existing endpoint-based networking models and emerging information-centric models. From this basis, we discuss progress on a proof-of-concept implementation of this architecture as a cognitive networking on-orbit application on the SCaN Testbed attached to the International Space Station.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Clark, Gilbert J., III
(MTI Systems Cleveland, OH, United States)
Eddy, Wesley M.
(MTI Systems Cleveland, OH, United States)
Johnson, Sandra K.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Barnes, James
(MTI Systems Cleveland, OH, United States)
Brooks, David
(Vantage Partners, LLC Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
February 3, 2017
Publication Date
October 18, 2016
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Ka and Broadband Communications Conference
Location: Cleveland, OH
Country: United States
Start Date: October 18, 2016
End Date: October 20, 2016
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 553323.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
space networks
communication networks
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