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Software-defined satellites aim to enhance cyber situational awareness

12th May 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast

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New software-defined satellite architecture from Lockheed Martin aims to support military operators at a time of growing cybersecurity threats to space-based platforms, the company has told Shephard

SmartSat architecture has been integrated onto a number of Lockheed Martin nano-satellite payloads, including Pony Express and Linus. It allows satellites to change their missions in orbit as required, allowing for greater military flexibility. 

Software now defines the bulk of mission-critical capabilities on satellites, and is under constant attack, said Adam Johnson, SmartSat director at Lockheed Martin. He added that against a backdrop of increased investment in AI and software development by

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Gerrard Cowan

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Gerrard Cowan is an author having recently published his world-renowned book 'The Machinery'. He …

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