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ESA and IPv6 over satellite
Posted by: Jordi on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 09:10 PM
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The European Space Agency (ESA) recently started several activities for investigating and demonstrating "IPv6 over satellite". The use of satellite technology can be important to bring IPv6 into regions with no or poor terrestrial connectivity.

One of these activities is called "Preparation for IPv6 in Satellite Communications". In this project first satellite specific protocol issues for IPv6 will be investigated. Furthermore the impact of IPv6 on satellite network architectures will be analysed and appropriate transition scenarios will be proposed. Finally demonstrations of IPv6 over satellite will be selected and executed. Further information can be obtained here.

A second set of activities are two projects called " Standardization Support of Enhanced IETF IP Encapsulation Techniques for DVB-S". Here two projects will develop and implement an enhanced IP in MPEG-2 encapsulation technique for DVB-S sender and receiver devices. One of these projects will use the Open DVB Gateway from Global Communications & Services GmbH as platform.

The other project is done by IABG and 6WIND, and will use the 6WINDGate 6200 series router as platform. Selecting 6WIND as platform will allow to use many of the already supported IPv6 functionalities over satellite links. Further information can be obtained here.

Interoperability tests are planned between these new developments for next February 2004.

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