Industry-Sponsored Hosted IP Payload in Space Represents Next-Generation Service
Intelsat General Corporation, teaming with Cisco and in collaboration with the United States Department of Defense, launched an industry-sponsored Hosted Payload- Internet Routing in Space (IRIS)-on the Intelsat IS-14 satellite. IRIS represents the next generation in telecommunication satellite services with an ability to extend Internet Routing into space.
IRIS covers Europe, Africa and the Americas from its 45º West longitude orbital slot. The IRIS payload provides the ability to merge ground and space communications infrastructure, with Internet Protocol (IP) as the primary “language,” the common frame of reference, between networks.
With IRIS, Intelsat General hosts a network communications node in geostationary orbit as part of its global telecommunication satellite constellation. IRIS extends the information transport power of the Internet into space, integrating satellite systems and ground infrastructure for commercial and government users who need instant, seamless, global, broadband communications.
Unique Government / Industry Partnership
The IRIS Hosted Payload program was accepted by the U.S. Department of Defense as a Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD). The demonstration examines the potential utility of augmenting joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-national information transport with space based IP routing and processing. The IRIS JCTD represents a new model for government and industry collaboration. This relationship will allow the United States government to examine, demonstrate and assess the utility of Intelsat’s IRIS capability and potentially transition this capability to United States forces both at home and abroad.
Flexible Routing, Connectivity and Enhanced Performance
The IS-14 IRIS payload interconnects one C-band and two Ku-band coverage areas. Its architecture and design allows for flexible IP packet (layer 3) routing, cross-band and crossbeam connectivity within and between coverage areas, and multicast distribution that can be reconfigured on demand. The decoupling of up and down communications links by the on-board processor in the IRIS payload is anticipated to provide enhanced satellite link performance and mitigation of signal degradation due to atmospheric propagation losses.
Benefits of IRIS Improved Situational Awareness
Intelsat General is aware, engaged and invested in security consistent with DoD standards for Information Assurance. Recognizing the need for operational security, Intelsat General offers a Secure Operations Center (ISOC) dedicated solely to the unique needs of our government customers. To ensure quality of service for mission-critical communications, Intelsat General provides the following: