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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Venus Equilateral Relay Station  
  A converted asteroid that served as the relay station for telecommunications throughout the solar system.  

The Venus Equilateral Relay Station was a modern miracle of engineering if you liked to believe the books. Actually, Venus Equilateral was an asteroid that had been shoved into its orbit about the Sun, forming a practical demonstration of the equilateral triangle solution of the Three Moving Bodies. It was a long cylinder, about three miles in length by about a mile in diameter...

This was the center of Interplanetary Communications. This was the main office. It was the heart of the Solar System's communication line, and as such, it was well manned. Orders for everything emanated from Venus Equilateral.

From QRM - Interplanetary, by George O. Smith.
Published by Street and Smith in 1942
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Here's another image:

Compare to the Interplanetary Radiograph Station from On The Martian Way (1907) by Harry Gore Bishop and the messagecraft from The Faithful Messenger (1969) by George Scithers.

As a space station, compare to the brick moon from The Brick Moon (1869) by Edward Everett Hale, the city of space from The Prince of Space (1931) by Jack Williamson, the New Moon Casino from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson, the asteroid space station from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein, Wheelchair from Waldo (1942) by Robert Heinlein, the space transfer station from Between Planets (1951) by Robert Heinlein, the Sargasso Asteroid from The Stars My Destination (1956) by Alfred Bester, the tether space station from Tank Farm Dynamo (1983) by David Brin and the high orbit archipelago from Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) by William Gibson.

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  - Mars Telecommunications Orbiter Canceled
  - Internet Routing In Space Now, Venus Equilateral Station Later
  - Interplanetary Internet - Disruption Tolerant Network
  - The Interplanetary Internet, Vint Cerf Speaking
  - Elon Musk, Google To Extend Internet Into Earth Orbit, Then Mars
  - NASA's Interplanetary Internet DTN
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