Testing a router onboard a satellite in space

  • L. Wood
  • January 2005, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET)
  • DOI: 10.1049/ic:20050023

What is it about?

A Cisco Internet router is orbiting onboard the UK-DMC satellite as a secondary experimental payload, and has been tested successfully. Testing a router onboard a satellite is one step towards extending the terrestrial networking model to the near-Earth space environment as part of a merged space-ground architecture. Here, we describe the integration of the router and satellite and on-orbit testing, and suggest possible future steps combining Internet and satellite.


Dr Lloyd Wood
University of Surrey

A more comprehensive later summary of this work is in: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sat.870 Using Internet nodes and routers onboard satellites, special issue on Space Networks, International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, vol. 25 issue 2, pp. 195-216, March/April 2007.

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