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Adopting Internet Standards for Orbital UseAfter a year of testing and demonstrating a Cisco mobile access router intended for terrestrial use onboard the low-Earth-orbiting UK-DMC satellite as part of a larger merged ground/space IP-based internetwork, we reflect on and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of integration and standards reuse for small satellite missions. Benefits include ease of operation and the ability to leverage existing systems and infrastructure designed for general use, as well as reuse of existing, known, and well-understood security and operational models. Drawbacks include cases where integration work was needed to bridge the gaps in assumptions between different systems, and where performance considerations outweighed the benefits of reuse of pre-existing file transfer protocols. We find similarities with the terrestrial IP networks whose technologies we have adopted and also some significant differences in operational models and assumptions that must be considered.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Wood, Lloyd
(Cisco Systems, Inc. London, United Kingdom)
Ivancic, William
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
da Silva Curiel, Alex
(Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Guildford, United Kingdom)
Jackson, Chris
(Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Guildford, United Kingdom)
Stewart, Dave
(Verizon Federal Network Systems, Inc. OH, United States)
Shell, Dave
(Cisco Systems, Inc. United States)
Hodgson, Dave
(Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Guildford, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2005
Subject Category
Computer Systems
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Small Satellite Conference Utah State University
Location: Logan, Utah
Country: United States
Start Date: August 8, 2005
End Date: August 11, 2005
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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