NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have success an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control the educational robot astronauts to the International Space Station. Used in the experiment, a new protocol developed by NASA Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) allowed to send messages and demonstrated that once between spacecraft can create a network of information sharing, such terrestrial Internet.
In late October, the commander of the ISS Expedition 33 Sunita Williams created NASA used a laptop for remote control of a small robot LEGO, located at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany. European scientists conducted an experiment using DTN protocol simulation scenario in which the astronauts living on the orbiter, moving around the space object controls the rover launched to the surface of the object.
NASA is working on a protocol DTN, through its Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Program, aimed at the development of communications in space.