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02-078
For Release: October 28, 2002

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
216/433-2406
katherine.martin@grc.nasa.gov

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
lori.j.rachul@grc.nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

Internet in Space Demonstration



Media are invited to witness a live demonstration of the latest in secure mobile networking technology on Wednesday, November 6, at the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) station located at the East Ninth Street Pier in downtown Cleveland.

Throughout the world, Internet users enjoy a common, completely transparent way to transfer data. However, users accessing networks that are in motion, such as spacecraft, aircraft, automobiles and even ships at sea, find their electronic communications much more problematic.

To address difficulties with secure mobile network communications, NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio has teamed with Cisco Systems and Western Datacom to develop technologies that will allow communications satellites and future spacecraft to conduct seamless communications with other moving spacecraft. This is part of NASA's Vision to improve life here on Earth and to extend life to there.

In addition to these initial partners, a number of organizations, including USCG District 9, the United States Army PEO C3-T, Lockheed Martin, Globalstar, Stallion and Sea Tel were brought together by Glenn to demonstrate the new technology. This live demonstration will take place at the East Ninth Street pier USCG facility and onboard the USCG Cutter Neah Bay.



Starting at 9 a.m., the technology, current and potential applications, and security configurations will be discussed. At 10 a.m., live onboard demonstrations will begin with real-time displays and monitoring of the secure, wireless, mobile networking in the USCG officers' club.

Media representatives who plan to attend the demonstration should call Katherine Martin or the Media Relations Office at (216) 433-2901 in order to obtain access to the demonstrations.

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