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Future space exploration missions will need a robust, efficient and flexible communication infrastructure. This implies new communications and networking challenges, which are the ones of the so called InterPlaNetary (IPN) Internet. In that framework, the paper provides a description of the challenging scenario, surveys its technical problems and envisages possible advanced communications and networking solutions starting from the analysis of a specific IPN architecture, which represents the main contribution of the work.
Date of Conference: 23-27 May 2010