The key objective of this project is clearly the investigation of the influence of an introduction of the new Internet Protocol IPv6 on today's satellite communication.
For this purpose one objective is to gain a first overview of the influence of link layer, network layer, transport layer, and network management protocol IPv6 issues on satellite networks. Knowing and understanding these IPv6 issues is the required basis before starting the introduction of IPv6 in satellite networks. After this another object is the specification of transition scenarios for different satellite architectures, which allows a smooth integration of IPv6.
Besides the theoretical research another goal of the study is to perform first real demonstrations of IPv6 over satellite. This will allow to illustrate the subject of IPv6 over satellite to a broad audience, to raise the awareness for it, and to foster collaboration, e.g. between service provider, manufacturer, and future user.
Finally one object is to have a set of recommendations for the next steps required towards a full integration of IPv6 in satellite networks. Such a roadmap can be used by service provider and manufacturer, but also by ESA itself to assist in the planning of future work.