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IPv6 and IPsec Tests of a Space-Based Asset, the Cisco Router in Low Earth Orbit (CLEO)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.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
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)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 2008
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 430728.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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