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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Researchers Launch ISS Communications Support Software

International Space StationNASA researchers have tested and provided new software to the International Space Station in an effort to facilitate communications for scientists around the world that perform investigations inside the ISS.

The space agency said Friday Michelle Schneider, a system software developer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and a small group of software engineers built the collection of software tools called Telescience Resource Kit.

TReK works to package experiment data to help route information through the space station’s communications network and deliver data to researchers at Marshall and the science teams wherever located.

“We wrote the software so it could be used to support a variety of projects,” said Schneider.

“We created a suite of programs for scientists and engineers to securely monitor and control their payloads on their home computers.”

Schneider’s team uploaded the TReK Demonstration Payload software to the space station in an effort to change the way data will be stored and transmitted, NASA noted.

The space agency added that Schneider’s team will launch its first investigation that will tackle a Network Address Storage that provides scientists and engineers with a file-sharing platform and a Delay/Disruption Tolerant Network that supports communication over networks.

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