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ISS to have its network bandwidth doubled soon

International Space Station's network speeds will be doubled soon to 600Mbps

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 14, 2016 @ 21:36 CST

NASA has announced that it will be increasing the network speeds on the International Space Station soon, without a new router or satellite - with the upgrades being mainly terrestrial.

TechCrunch reports: "The ISS and dozens of satellites rely on the Space Network, a more or less unified architecture for sending large amounts of data from orbit to base stations around the world. Its maximum bandwidth is 300 Mbps, which is of course much faster than most ISPs provide, and more than enough for everyone on the ISS to stream videos at once".

28TB of high-definition, real-time space data is transmitted back to Earth everyday, as well as the astronauts' internet browsing, video calls - and if it were me, Overwatch gaming. All of the transmission goes through a dedicated network of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, which then blast the signals to base stations, and then pass them through to their destinations here on our pale blue dot.

These base stations are being upgraded, with the new hardware getting installed in the White Sands and Guam terminals, with NASA's Mark Severance explaining: "Fundamentally, this upgrade of both the onboard and ground data communications systems enables an increase in the scientific output from the space station".


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