Opera Space Edition: the first browser in space

I believe that this company should commit itself to achieving the goal of putting a Web browser in space. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to other browser makers or more important for the long-range exploration of the Web, and none will be so difficult to accomplish. But, in a very real sense, it will not be one browser going to space – it will be an entire industry. For all of us must work to bring it there.

Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder, Opera Software

Opera Space Edition features advanced technologies developed under the Future Opera Operations in Lunar Surroundings program. Due to the classified nature of these innovations, access to the beta of Opera Space Edition is strictly controlled.

Top innovations in Opera Space Edition:

  • Interplanetary Network Transport Protocol (INTP) support allows for long-range connectivity with the Internet, even at extreme ranges that subject traditional networking protocols to increased latency and failure due to light-speed limitations.
  • Mission Mode, in which all browser operations can be monitored, adjusted and audited by Mission Control (except when using private browsing).
  • Augmented Reality Browsing (ARB) to render Web content in a transparent overlay mode that is compatible with all major space suit Visual Retinal Displays (VRDs) or Heads-up Displays (HUDs).
  • Optimized UI skin for touch screens when used with gloves. This technology is a direct result of studies done on Norwegian browsing patterns combined with traditional selbuvotter. The browser detects gloves and zooms in to allow precision selection within the user interface.
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