Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

NASA Pitches Space Communications Game for Web, iOS

By - Source: NASA | B 9 comments

NASA has released a web and mobile game app that explains how space communications work.

"NetworKing" enables the player to build increasingly complex network communications that coordinate client satellites conducting scientific missions.

The goal for the player is to build a system similar to NASA's Deep Space Network to support spacecraft missions, upgrade the infrastructure to increase its capacity and support more complex clients, including the International Space Station and NASA's Hubble and Kepler space telescopes.

There are also several unlockable missions that visualize how the networks work.

NASA is offering NetworKing as app downloads for the iPhone and iPad from the Apple App Store as well as a browser-based game for Mac and PC. To run the game in a browser windows, players need to install the Unity browser engine.


Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

Display 9 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 1 Hide
    shin0bi272 , October 9, 2012 11:34 AM
    So this is what NASA is doing with our billions of dollars now that they arent going into space? Game development?
  • 5 Hide
    mi1ez , October 9, 2012 11:38 AM
    No Android?
  • 6 Hide
    thecolorblue , October 9, 2012 11:50 AM
    clever actually... you never know which gamer will come up with an ingenious idea on how to improve the system and gaming has a history of being useful for science...

    I recall a story about a game where teams were competing to optimally fold a protein structure and the gamers solved the structure waaaaayyyyyy before any of the scientists could. So if this is done correctly and made fun enough it may be a useful tool.

    That being said... shame on both the Democrats AND the Republicans for eviscerating NASA.
  • 1 Hide
    john_4 , October 9, 2012 12:58 PM
    shin0bi272So this is what NASA is doing with our billions of dollars now that they arent going into space? Game development?

    This is a side job, Our supreme leader Obama decreed last year or so before he prematurely canned the space shuttle that NASA's new mission is Muslim outreach. Don't believe me, look it up.
  • -3 Hide
    millerm84 , October 9, 2012 1:33 PM
    john_4This is a side job, Our supreme leader Obama decreed last year or so before he prematurely canned the space shuttle that NASA's new mission is Muslim outreach. Don't believe me, look it up.


    Obama did not halt the shuttle program that was he retired the program. Obama opted to allow the free market system to develop the next generation of space flight vehicles.

    And if any president was sympathetic to Muslims it was Bush who allowed bin Laden's brother who owned a home in the same state that the 9/11 terrorists lived, trained, and flew out of; to leave less than a week after 9/11 without so much as a "Have you seen your brother lately?". I've up for you. This is a tech site and I'm sorry to bring political dribble into it, but I can't stand trolls like you that spread lies. You don't like Obama that's fine, no one here cares who you vote for or think we should vote for, but don't spread lies like this insulting the intelligence of everyone on this site.
  • -3 Hide
    millerm84 , October 9, 2012 1:34 PM
    millerm84Obama did not halt the shuttle program that was he retired the program. Obama opted to allow the free market system to develop the next generation of space flight vehicles. And if any president was sympathetic to Muslims it was Bush who allowed bin Laden's brother who owned a home in the same state that the 9/11 terrorists lived, trained, and flew out of; to leave less than a week after 9/11 without so much as a "Have you seen your brother lately?". I've up for you. This is a tech site and I'm sorry to bring political dribble into it, but I can't stand trolls like you that spread lies. You don't like Obama that's fine, no one here cares who you vote for or think we should vote for, but don't spread lies like this insulting the intelligence of everyone on this site.


    Not sure why my links didn't work but here they are:

    http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=13404

    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/bin-ladens-brother-owned-home-in-central-fla/nFBmT/
  • 3 Hide
    CaedenV , October 9, 2012 3:30 PM
    millerm84Obama did not halt the shuttle program that was he retired the program. Obama opted to allow the free market system to develop the next generation of space flight vehicles.

    Obama is not 'allowing' spaceX and Virgin Galactic to do their part, they were doing fine before, and they are doing fine now. Obama merely stripped NASA because it did not fit with his platform, and he is too short sighted to see that it is one of the few gov't programs that actually does a ton of good for promoting innovation, and inspiring future generations towards loftier goals than having better healthcare so that we can all live longer. I am all for living longer, but I want to live longer in a world that has a brighter outlook on life, not one that is constantly looking at flat or negative growth as I grow old (I know, I know... not all Obama's fault, it has much more to do with the congress and house and emerging nations that are better equipped for growth, it is just easier to pin problems on an icon than a mass of morons).

    But still, I cannot help but think that the space program was gimped for a single reason: No government today wants to get involved with the idea of colonization because the people interested in it would leave, and they would simply never come back. And there would go a ton of smart people, and a ton of resources, who would create a competing and compelling foreign market that no earth based gov't would even begin to be able to control or compete with. That is any gov't worst nightmare; kinda like the brittish and the Americas... it just does not end well for the sponsoring country.
  • 0 Hide
    Ragnar-Kon , October 9, 2012 3:39 PM
    Well these comments went political rather quickly.

    At any rate, NASA's budget is still higher than any other space program in the world. Plus NASA has been doing manned earth orbit for quite some time now, so there is no reason for them to continue to do it. They can go back to the moon but there is really no point in doing that. So really all that is left is Mars, but the money and public interest just isn't there to do that at the moment.
  • 0 Hide
    robochump , October 9, 2012 6:00 PM
    shin0bi272So this is what NASA is doing with our billions of dollars now that they arent going into space? Game development?


    Its called advertising and NASA wants to reach out to the younger generation in order to keep interest in the future. I think it is a great idea with more interaction to our youth and even the NASA channel is getting a little more exciting. The perception of NASA is that it is an old institution full of old guys with little public interest and would be great if NASA can once again capture the hearts of Americans like they did back in the 60's. NASA knows that if the US citizens are excited about NASA then it will get funding.
Tom’s guide in the world
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • UK
Follow Tom’s guide
Subscribe to our newsletter