Kratos Receives US Army Contract to Demonstrate Virtualized SATCOM Ground System – SatNews

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Defense and Security Solutions Kratos, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) was awarded a contract from United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command to demonstrate a virtualized SATCOM ground system.

Based on Kratos OpenSpace Platformthe solution will enable the government to deploy SATCOM networks in line with modernization goals, including streamlining gateway and remote terminal capabilities supported by multiple vendors, reducing lifecycle costs, and supporting operations adaptive and dynamic spatial.

Funding for this award was provided by the Cross-functional network command, control, communications and intelligence team (N-CFT) established by the U.S. military Future Command.

Support a “SATCOM combat“, future military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) networks will require dynamic capabilities such as resilience, the ability to adapt on the fly to suddenly changing mission conditions, and the ability to rapidly scale up and down resources for multi-mission support.Today’s hardware networks cannot deliver the speed, interoperability or agility needed to achieve these goals, a situation that is driving digital transformation and modernization efforts in the space industry.

Kratos’ OpenSpace platform is the only fully orchestrated COTS satellite ground system, architected on software-defined network (SDN) principles. OpenSpace digitizes RF signals traveling to and from satellites so they can be processed and managed in virtual environments such as the cloud. This means applications can be instantiated faster, support multiple missions and orbits, react on the fly to changing conditions, and operate at lower cost.

For example, space network components that typically take weeks or even months to implement in today’s hardware-based world are being replaced by virtual network functions (VNF) that can be set up in minutes with the OpenSpace platform. Because it is based on accepted industry standards, OpenSpace is compatible with standards-compliant network resources from other companies, ensuring interoperability and avoiding vendor lock-in.

Chris BadgettVice President of Technology at Kratos Space, said: “A strategic goal for the military is to operate an integrated SATCOM enterprise, which increases assured SATCOM access for the warfighter and improves infrastructure efficiency by building resilience. Kratos’ OpenSpace platform will show how critical satellite network operations can be made interoperable across domains.

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