Cisco Systems got word earlier this week that the IP router it launched into space in November passed its first networking test — it works.
Using Cisco’s IOS platform…
The in-orbit test was conducted using SEAKR Engineering Inc.’s Application Independent Processor (AIP) which was used to host the router and software-defined radio functions necessary for on-board routing, enabling satellite routing capabilities to be reconfigured and updated dynamically from the ground.
The way I see it, all of this means one of three things:
- As TorrentBomb speculates, it’s Cisco’s next step toward global (or perhaps intergalactic) domination.
- Since the router is radiation-proof, we can confidently add Cisco routers to things that will survive the apocalypse (behind cockroaches and Twinkies).
- Even in space (following aforementioned apocalypse), you will still inevitably be stuck next to That Guy who doesn’t mute his iPhone email alerts.
According to Cisco, the move is just a small step in its Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) project.
They say the goal is to “route voice, data and video traffic between satellites over a single IP network in ways that are more efficient, flexible and cost effective than is possible over today’s fragmented satellite communications networks.”