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From: Haris Shamsi <h.shamsi <at> cyber.net.pk>
Subject: IPv6 in Space !!!!
Newsgroups: gmane.org.operators.sanog
Date: Monday 9th April 2007 04:47:17 UTC (over 10 years ago)
29.03.2007 - Cisco router on UK-DMC first to use IPv6 onboard a satellite
in
orbit
 

On Thursday, 29 March 2007, a Cisco Systems router, flying in low Earth
Orbit onboard the UK-DMC satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
(SSTL), was successfully configured by NASA Glenn Research Center to use
IPsec and IPv6 technologies in space. IPv6 is the next generation of the
Internet Protocol (IP), designed to improve on the popular IPv4 that built
the Internet, while IPsec is the protocol used to secure communication
across IP networks. 

The UK-DMC satellite is a member of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation
(DMC), used for observing the Earth for major disasters and commercial land
monitoring. The five DMC satellites in orbit rely on standard IP networking
to send mission-critical imagery to ground stations and to interact with
terrestrial networks. The DMC effectively extends the Internet to orbit,
and
its farsighted adoption of IP has made it possible to take the backbone of
the Internet even further into space. Internet technologies new to the
space
environment, such as IPv6 and IPsec, can be tested using the Cisco 3251
Mobile Access Router provided by Cisco Systems as an experimental payload
on
the UK-DMC satellite. 

On Thursday morning NASA Glenn was able to reach across the Internet to the
UK-DMC satellite from Cleveland, Ohio via SSTL's Guildford, England,
Mission
Control Centre, using mobile routing. The 3251 router in orbit was
configured and tested during a twelve-minute period while the UK-DMC
satellite passed over the ground station. The Cisco Systems router and
firewall used in SSTL's Mission Control Network were given simple software
upgrades to add IPv6 capabilities to allow this end-to-end IPv6 testing to
take place.

Working together, Cisco Systems, NASA Glenn Research Center and SSTL are
the
first to configure and test IPsec and IPv6 on a satellite. 

Further information:
SSTL's UK-DMC page:  <http://www.sstl.co.uk/index.php?loc=113>
http://www.sstl.co.uk/index.php?loc=113
Cisco space:  <http://www.cisco.com/go/space> http://www.cisco.com/go/space 

 

 

 

Good Day,

 

Haris Shamsi 

 



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