Satellites to test-fly new cyber softwareby Debra Werner — April 13, 2022As space systems face growing cyberattacks, the Aerospace Corp. and TriSept Corp. are preparing separate flight tests of software to alert satellite operators of anomalies detected onboard.[…]Aerospace plans to test its Starshield intrusion-detection software on Slingshot, a 12-unit cubesat
- EARTH OBSERVATION- COMMUNICATIONS- HOSTED PAYLOADS- Starlink's inter-satellite laser communications terminal, which is the only communications laser operating at scale in orbit today, can be integrated onto partner satellites to enable incorporation into the Starshield network.
These could be the 'mystery secret Starlinks' that were stacked on top of Globalstar FM15 and Transporter-3. The on-sat photo matches the diagram of the 'dual array' Starlink.
Quote from: edzieba on 12/02/2022 11:05 pmThese could be the 'mystery secret Starlinks' that were stacked on top of Globalstar FM15 and Transporter-3. The on-sat photo matches the diagram of the 'dual array' Starlink. Was thinking the same.
Speculation, now that we see Starlink getting into the Earth Observation business, and with the past purchase of IoT's Swarm, could it be integrated into the Starlink constellation?
Now that SpaceX has established itself as a leading provider of U.S. national security launches, it is seeking a bigger share of the defense market with a new product line called Starshield. SpaceX quietly unveiled Starshield last month offering defense and intelligence agencies custom-built spacecraft, sensors, and secure communications services leveraging SpaceX’s investment in its Starlink network of broadband satellites.
SpaceX is building Starshield for the US government, which is similar to, but much smaller than Starlink, as it will not have to handle millions of users. That system will be owned and controlled by the US government.
So, is Starshield happening separate from the SDA's program?
Quote from: spacenuance on 09/09/2023 04:32 amSo, is Starshield happening separate from the SDA's program?Yeah, SpaceX bailed on subsequent SDA transport layer tranches, since you know, they have operational network experience, and thought poorly of the laser link interoperability SDA/DoD/DARPA was forcing on the participants. To be fair, integrating other people's partially complete chunks/endpoints into your own network that is already global, orbital, and highly optimized for itself is a difficult endeavor.
The existence of the one-year contract was confirmed to Bloomberg by Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek, who said it was awarded on September 1st. Under the deal, SpaceX will provide “Starshield end-to-end service via the Starlink constellation, user terminals, ancillary equipment, network management and other related services.” The contract has a $70 million ceiling, with $15 million being obligated to the company by the end of this month, and is expected to support 54 mission partners across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.