Network protocol architectures for future deep-space internetworking

  • Kanglian Zhao
  • Qinyu Zhang


In the next two decades, humans are going to experience a grand age of deep-space exploration, especially in Mars and Lunar spaces. These relatively frequent and long-term activities provide the opportunity, and at the same time, demands the necessity for a true interplanetary network as an essential infrastructure for future deep-space exploration. In this study, we try to provide a picture and a perspective in the current network protocol architectures for future deep-space internetworking. We first investigate the recent technical advances for deep-space internetworking and the challenges to their network protocol architecture. Detailed technical characteristics of three effective network protocol architectures are presented. A special focus is casted on delay tolerant networking (DTN), which is a dedicated network protocol architecture for deep-space internetworking. Finally, several open questions in DTN for future deep-space internetworking are proposed for further study.


network protocol architecture deep-space internetworking deep-space communications space internetworking delay-tolerant networking 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61032003), Training Program of the Major Research Plan of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 91338112), and National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (Grant No. 1525103).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electronic Science and EngineeringNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate SchoolShenzhenChina

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