As a continuation of our work on both the
High Performance Networking 2000 Project
and our general disaster communications research, PolyLAB
ran an experiment in integrated networking for space exploration
as part of the NASA Haughton-Mars
The crux of the experiment is a continuing study to understand the
issues involved in delivering
a fully integrated network solution featuring high-speed wireless
networking and space-based communications in a remote and hostile environment.
We also want to develop collaborative practice and software for these
situations, as part of our ongoing work in general telecollaboration.
Finally, we want to find ways to make space-based networking solutions
affordable for the communities that need them.
Funding for CraterNet comes from the Simon Fraser University's Telematics
Research Laboratory, Dean of Applied Science and the Vice-President Academic's
Office, as well as the High Performance Computing Network, with equipment
provided by Wi-Lan Ltd,
TMI Communications Ltd,
the Communications Research Centre
(CRC), and SFU. CRC is a major research partner in the project, providing
testing and advice on the main space-based links.
On site, Steve Braham
participated with NASA scientists and engineers, as well as scientists
from other research institutions. The ongoing NASA project's aim is
to gather information
on the Haughton Crater Mars analog site, to understand geological and
microbiological processes on the Red Planet, and to test out
technologies for manned exploration of the Solar System, especially Mars.
The CraterNet project has evolved in the Canadian Space Agency
funded PlanetNet Project, a collaboration between SFU, NASA, the SETI Institute, and
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