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IPv6 and IPsec Tests of a Space-Based Asset, the Cisco Router in Low Earth Orbit (CLEO)
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Author and Affiliation:
Ivancic, William(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Stewart, David(Verizon Federal Network Systems, Inc., Cleveland, OH, United States);
Wood, Lloyd(Cisco Systems Global Government Solutions, Bedfont Lakes, London, United Kingdom);
Jackson, Chris(Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., Guildford, United Kingdom);
Northam, James(Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., Guildford, United Kingdom);
Wilhelm, James(Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., Guildford, United Kingdom)
Abstract: This report documents the design of network infrastructure to support testing and demonstrating network-centric operations and command and control of space-based assets, using IPv6 and IPsec. These tests were performed using the Cisco router in Low Earth Orbit (CLEO), an experimental payload onboard the United Kingdom--Disaster Monitoring Constellation (UK-DMC) satellite built and operated by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). On Thursday, 29 March 2007, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cisco Systems and SSTL performed the first configuration and demonstration of IPsec and IPv6 onboard a satellite in low Earth orbit. 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. This demonstration was made possible in part by NASA s Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) and shows that new commercial technologies such as mobile networking, IPv6 and IPsec can be used for commercial, military and government space applications. This has direct application to NASA s Vision for Space Exploration. The success of CLEO has paved the way for new spacebased Internet technologies, such as the planned Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) payload at geostationary orbit, which will be a U.S. Department of Defense Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. This is a sanitized report for public distribution. All real addressing has been changed to psueco addressing.
Publication Date: May 01, 2008
Document ID:
20080022425
(Acquired Jul 01, 2008)
Subject Category: SPACE COMMUNICATIONS, SPACECRAFT COMMUNICATIONS, COMMAND AND TRACKING
Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2008-215203, E-16474
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 430728.02.04.02.01
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 71p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: PROTOCOL (COMPUTERS); INTERNETS; COMMUNICATION NETWORKS; NETWORK CONTROL; COMMAND AND CONTROL; LOW EARTH ORBITS; SATELLITE ORBITS; EARTH SCIENCES; PAYLOADS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; SPACE EXPLORATION; GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBITS; DEFENSE PROGRAM; MILITARY TECHNOLOGY
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