On June 14, Northrop Grumman Corporation announced a successful ground demonstration of a secure grid laser communications system for towers deployed in Low Earth Orbit supporting the US Army.
Conducted for the leadership of the Space Development Agency, this demonstration has been validated for compatibility between commercially developed laser communications and secure US government ciphers, providing a baseline for Northrop Grumman’s future deployed space cross-communication offerings including the agency’s transport and tracking programs. space development.
“We invested in this demonstration because we wanted to reduce key risks early in development, as our team focused on speed and optimizing emerging top commercial suppliers like Minark and Innovlight, while bringing in experience the unique mission of Northrop Grumman to test and field this prototype kit.”
Northrop Grumman has selected Roman Minark as a strategic supplier for in-space laser communications, Innovlight for encryption and decryption and other key aspects of Northrop Grumman’s architecture.
As the U.S. Department of Defense works to connect the combined force, Northrop Grumman’s space networking capabilities seek to play a vital role in providing secure global connectivity, and another step toward enabling this vision of joint force linkage is the recent announcement of a collaboration with AT&T to research and develop a digital combat network that supports Fifth generation technology.
Innovlight is an unconventional defense contractor founded in 2004 that offers the latest in space avionics, including communications and networking, cybersecurity, processing, data storage and integrated avionics and payload solutions.
Innovlight said: “Our core competency is Command, Control, Communication and Secure Computer Systems designed through innovative implementation of modern commercial off-the-shelf technology. The result is modular, high-performance systems with low weight and strength at competitive prices. Our products qualify through the rigorous Innovate process that includes reliability analysis. parts and testing, system-wide fault handling, and radiation risk mitigation, and our customers include the US government, major aerospace contractors and commercial aerospace developers.
Source: Army Recognition
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