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USS Langley



USS Langley is a proof-of-concept mission for providing global internet access via a nanosatellite constellation. The Unix Space Server (USS Langley) is a small satellite under development by a team of Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. USS is a low cost, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), open source satellite that will act as a webserver and router in space using Internet Protocol (IP) and Linux (the open source Unix operating system). The idea of utilizing IP in space was originally developed at NASA; however, the project was cut in favor of custom protocols still used today since IP is impractical past LEO. Linux based computers have also been used in satellites before, but never as servers. USS will provide webserver access to a ground station in Annapolis and other ground stations with a three meter dish and an S-band transceiver. The webserver will be accessible to users who are connected to the internet when the satellite is in range of a ground station

Alternate Names

  • 40652
  • USSLangley

Facts in Brief

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Funding Agency

  • United States Naval Academy (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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