Subject: IPv6 in Space !!!!
Date: Monday 9th April 2007 04:47:17 UTC (over 11 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 -- This is the SANOG (http://www.sanog.org/) mailing list.