|RKF provided the system engineering expertise for the Internet Routing In Space (IRIS). The aim of the project was to deliver military communications through a commercial satellite-based router. In Phase I, RKF was contracted to G2 Satellite Solutions to provide support for this project under U.S. DoD/USSTRATCOM. RKF performed an engineering and integration assessment study (EIA). The purpose of this study was to provide an in-orbit demonstration of the feasibility of a space-based Internet Protocol (IP) routing communications system. The experiment was further intended to demonstrate the feasibility of providing a quick reaction response to a government requirement by applying best commercial practices to realize the desired capability with an experimental package flown aboard a convenient commercial host spacecraft.
The EIA study report provided the baseline experimental package design, an estimate of its performance, required size, weight and power. This estimate fit within the estimate of size, weight and power available from the host Intelsat-14 (IS-14) spacecraft. RKF’s concluding report offered an assessment of the risks of the IRIS program and an approach to mitigate the resulting major risk.
As a direct consequence of its contributions to the USSTRATCOM IRIS project, RKF was subsequently awarded the system monitoring for the follow-on development program with CISCO systems. In this phase of the work RKF was involved in monitoring, test plan development, and analysis of test results. RKF also performed link and coverage analysis for the system and provided air-interface tradeoffs including future roadmaps.