GE Intelligent Platforms COTS Ethernet switch selected for network control on International Space Station

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 25 March 2010. GE Intelligent Platforms has secured orders from Goodrich Corp.'s ISR Systems in Albuquerque, N.M. Goodrich will produce a custom version of the GE Intelligent Platforms NETernity RM924RC Ethernet switch, which will form part of the network control system of the iPEHG (improved Payload Ethernet Gateway) on the International Space Station (ISS).

Mar 25th, 2010

Posted by Courtney E. Howard

Editor's note: GE Intelligent Platforms changed its name to Abaco Systems on 23 Nov. 2015 as a result of the company's acquisition last September by New York-based private equity firm Veritas Capital.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 25 March 2010. GE Intelligent Platforms has secured orders from Goodrich Corp.'s ISR Systems in Albuquerque, N.M. Goodrich will produce a custom version of the GE Intelligent Platforms NETernity RM924RC Ethernet switch, which will form part of the network control system of the iPEHG (improved Payload Ethernet Gateway) on the International Space Station (ISS).

"Using a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution like the RM924RC as the basis of its design provided an advantage, enabling Goodrich to bring the iPEHG to market more quickly than would have been possible with a custom design -- yet it satisfied all the requirements of the application," says Peter Cavill, general manager, Military & Aerospace at GE Intelligent Platforms.

Goodrich's customer is Boeing, a prime contractor to NASA for the ISS program.

The NETernity RM924RC is a managed layer 2/3+ Ethernet embedded switch offering full IPv6 wire speed switching and routing and featuring the GE Intelligent Platforms OpenWare switch management environment. With 24 rear I/O ports, the RM924RC is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of networking and switching applications, facilitating communications within a chassis, as well as supporting the network outside the chassis.

Says Al Zaleski, general manager, Goodrich ISR Systems: "The International Space Station is a long term, highly prestigious program in which reliability and maintainability -- as well as superior performance -- are key requirements."

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