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Internet of Things in Space: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges from Satellite-Aided Computing to Digitally-Enhanced Space Living

School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Sensors 2021, 21(23), 8117; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21238117
Received: 26 October 2021 / Revised: 25 November 2021 / Accepted: 29 November 2021 / Published: 4 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue IoT Services over Satellite Networks)
Recent scientific and technological advancements driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), distributed computing and data communication technologies have opened up a vast range of opportunities in many scientific fields—spanning from fast, reliable and efficient data communication to large-scale cloud/edge computing and intelligent big data analytics. Technological innovations and developments in these areas have also enabled many opportunities in the space industry. The successful Mars landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on 18 February 2021 represents another giant leap for humankind in space exploration. Emerging research and developments of connectivity and computing technologies in IoT for space/non-terrestrial environments is expected to yield significant benefits in the near future. This survey paper presents a broad overview of the area and provides a look-ahead of the opportunities made possible by IoT and space-based technologies. We first survey the current developments of IoT and space industry, and identify key challenges and opportunities in these areas. We then review the state-of-the-art and discuss future opportunities for IoT developments, deployment and integration to support future endeavors in space exploration. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; space; satellite communications; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; distributed computing; 5G/6G networks Internet of Things; space; satellite communications; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; distributed computing; 5G/6G networks
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Kua, J.; Loke, S.W.; Arora, C.; Fernando, N.; Ranaweera, C. Internet of Things in Space: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges from Satellite-Aided Computing to Digitally-Enhanced Space Living. Sensors 2021, 21, 8117. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21238117

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Kua J, Loke SW, Arora C, Fernando N, Ranaweera C. Internet of Things in Space: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges from Satellite-Aided Computing to Digitally-Enhanced Space Living. Sensors. 2021; 21(23):8117. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21238117

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Kua, Jonathan, Seng W. Loke, Chetan Arora, Niroshinie Fernando, and Chathurika Ranaweera. 2021. "Internet of Things in Space: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges from Satellite-Aided Computing to Digitally-Enhanced Space Living" Sensors 21, no. 23: 8117. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21238117

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