Hopefully, there are a few Muppet Show fans that read this title with the word “space” trailing off into infinity. Ok, so maybe not as entertaining as “Pigs in Space”, but something about CRS-1s on a rocket caught our eye the other day. Looking at the news, it appeared that someone had put one of our large core routers, a Cisco CRS-1 in orbit. This caused me to double take, since it’s not the sort of thing one would typically rocket into space. In reality what was successfully launched was SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Service mission 1 (or CRS-1), the first mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station under contract from NASA.
Two separate things for sure, but maybe with some similarities. One thing that both CRS-1s share is the need for an extraordinary level of resiliency and reliability. In the case of the Cisco CRS, we ensure continuous system operations for service providers through in-service software upgrades and no single points of failure. For SpaceX, their Falcon rocket ship is the only one that can survive an engine failure, yet continue its mission successfully. In fact that’s what happened – an engine was lost, yet the Dragon capsule was placed into orbit with no problem. Check it out in this video below (the engine failure takes place at approximately 1:29).
In any case, we’re quite proud of our core router and its new Elastic Core solution additions that we talked about last week. However, we’ll be honest in admitting that our CRS does not plan to add any booster rockets any time soon. Congrats goes to the super cool space ship CRS and we congratulate SpaceX on their successful mission.