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Cisco Internet Routing…in Space

- January 20, 2010 - 1 Comment

Some folks never thought they’d see a human in space during their lifetime, let alone a router. Yet here it is! space router

In the news today, an article on Fortune’s site details the first deployment of a Cisco IP router aboard a commercial GEO satellite.

The router and software will support network services for voice, video, and data communications so that government agencies and the military can communicate and data can be routed to ground receivers in a single step, saving valuable time and resources. Router and modem can even be upgraded in orbit. Now I’ve seen it all.

“The IRIS demonstration is an important first step toward 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 General Corp in a Government Computing News article. “The IRIS demonstration is an important first step toward 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 General Corp.

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If Cisco technology can work in space, then the sky’s the limit as far as on-Earth operations go. What sort of amazing things are you, our partners, doing with Cisco technology? Had any stories from your customers that you’d like to share (including, but not limited to technology in space)? Please share your stories in the comments.

To learn more about Internet routing outside of Earth’s domain, visit the IRIS site.

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