by D. Howard Kass • Dec 7, 2022
Redwire, an aerospace manufacturer and space infrastructure technology provider, said its suite of cybersecurity tools, developed by artificial intelligence (AI) analytics specialist BigBear.ai, will be used by Mynaric to develop advanced satellite communication programs.
How Mynaric Improves Cybersecurity in Space
The Munich, Germany-based Mynaric is a provider of laser communication equipment for space, airborne and spaceborne communications networks. The company will use Redwire and BigBear.ai’s Space Cyber Resiliency through Evaluation and Security Testing (SpaceCREST) platform to support the cybersecurity evaluation of its optical communications terminal. SpaceCREST uses Redwire’s digital engineering capabilities to make cybersecurity analysis of space assets more streamlined and reliable.
As Dean Bellamy, Redwire’s executive vice president of national security space, explained:
“This application of SpaceCREST demonstrates the value that Redwire and BigBear.ai’s collaboration holds for the growing space economy. SpaceCREST will be a critical tool for proactive maintenance and protection of government and commercial customers building the next generation of resilient space architectures.”
Mynaric intends to use the SpaceCREST platform to ensure the security of its optical communications terminal design for Phase 1 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Space Based Adaptive Communications Node (Space-BACN) program.
The Space-BACN program aims to develop reconfigurable, multi-protocol communications terminals that are small, lightweight, low-power, inexpensive and able to connect many different satellite constellations in low-Earth orbit. SpaceCREST will be used to identify vulnerabilities that could affect the terminal or disrupt its operation and then find ways to protect against those vulnerabilities.
Eric Conway, BigBear.ai’s senior vice president of Technology, expressed enthusiasm for the mission ahead:
“As the world has increased its reliance on space assets in both government and commercial operations, ranging from mission-critical national security operations to GPS navigation, the ability to accurately detect and address system vulnerabilities is essential to the everyday lives of billions of people. BigBear.ai is excited to partner with Redwire to deliver SpaceCREST to Mynaric in support of DARPA’s efforts to ensure the next generation of satellite communications are resilient to cyberattacks.”
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