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BITSCore tests algorithms on sub-orbital rockets, just weeks after testing them onboard the ISS

By Reporter
17 November 2021 | 1 minute read

Australian cyber security company BITSCore recently announced that the company had completed testing of their software algorithms onboard a sub-orbital rocket, merely weeks after testing the algorithms on board the International Space Station.

According to a release from the company, the algorithms are designed to help providers upgrade their satellite cyber security when they join the 5G network. It is further expected to enable satellite customers to undertake rideshare tasks from satellite operators.

Dr David Hyland-Wood, chief executive officer of BITSCore, explained that the ongoing introduction of 5G technology had demonstrated the need for cyber security capabilities within the satellite industry.

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“5G has been a wake-up call for satellite operators everywhere, as they come to understand the need for making sure their satellites, some of which may have been in space for several years, need cyber security assurance,” Hyland-Wood said.

“In recent weeks we did some preliminary tests on the International Space station (ISS), and now we have tested in the harsh environment of a rocket launch,” he said.

“We put the software on a board as physical payload and tested our communications, using internet protocols to exercise our authorisation system.”

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The most recent mission, dubbed SONAR after Snakes on a Rocket after the Python programming language, reportedly confirmed that the algorithms and technology have reached Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL 6) – system prototype demonstration in a relevant environment.

Throughout the mission, BITSCore also tested an algorithm that is expected to enable satellite customers to notify operators of tasks such as earth observation, communications, navigation, surveillance or monitoring the weather, which can then be undertaken in a rideshare environment.

The launch was undertaken at Black Sky’s launch site in Queensland, with the next steps including testing the algorithms in a military environments and further testing on board the ISS.

[Related: Aussie company BITSCore trials cyber security algorithms onboard International Space Station]

BITSCore tests algorithms on sub-orbital rockets, just weeks after testing them onboard the ISS
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