Digi, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, has announced that its Digi XBee modules will be used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of a test program for wireless communications within satellites and payloads from the International Space Station (ISS).
Typically, data communications are transmitted through wired connections, but as part of a “wireless-in-space” effort, NASA is working to augment traditional wiring with wireless networking to lessen weight, increase payload capacity and create new communication models. For example, through wireless communications, future satellites could communicate directly with each other in a mesh network.
“This is another example of the limitless possibilities of wireless communications,” said Rob Faludi, chief innovation officer, Digi International. “NASA is continually expanding the boundaries of creating and applying innovative technologies and we’re thrilled to be part of these efforts.”