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Cisco successfully tests in-orbit space IP router

Posted: 27 Jan 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP router  space  satellite 

Cisco will work with satellite manufacturers, system integrators and end users to help enable them to deliver services globally to points outside traditional ground-based networks. Intelsat will operate the IS-14 satellite carrying the IRIS hosted payload both during the JCTD test period and following the demonstration when the payload converts to commercial use. "The IRIS demonstration is an important first step towards making Internet routing in space a reality that could ultimately enable the Intelsat system to make more efficient use of bandwidth," said Kay Sears, president of Intelsat . "By eliminating the need for routing at a ground-based teleport, we can dramatically increase the efficiency, flexibility and data throughput of satellite links."

Space Systems/Loral is a provider of highly reliable commercial satellites enabling ubiquitous communications for the US government, television broadcasters, radio operators, mobile phone providers, and broadband services worldwide. The company integrated IRIS, as a "hosted payload" on a commercial satellite that it provided to Intelsat ."Commercial satellites offer a best value solution for quickly deploying important and innovative space-related technologies, such as IRIS," said Arnold Friedman, senior VP, sales and marketing, Space Systems/Loral. "We have worked with Intelsat for more than four decades, providing a high-reliability platform for their services."

The Defence Information Systems Agency will have overall responsibility for coordinating the demonstration of the IRIS technology among the government user community and for developing means of utilising the IRIS capability.

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