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Aussie company BITSCore trials cyber security algorithms onboard International Space Station

By Reporter
29 October 2021 | 1 minute read

Australian cyber security company BITSCore trialled two of its cyber security algorithms onboard the International Space Station, demonstrating further development in its secure international aerospace software.

Australian-owned cyber security company BITSCore trialled two of its cyber security algorithms onboard the International Space Station (ISS), the company confirmed recently, through a collaboration with the International Space University’s Hydra 3 experiment on the ISS.

The mission, dubbed SONISS (for "snakes on the ISS" referring to the code being written in Python), was crafted to examine the resilience and steadiness of the company’s algorithms in space, providing the team with critical information and data to refine the algorithms yet further.

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While BITSCore conducted the cyber security tests, Macquarie University’s School of Engineering also utilised the International Space University’s Hydra 3 experiment to examine radiation-tolerant computing.

“BITSCore has taken the next step in developing secure software for the international aerospace industry. The success of our SONISS mission raises our technology readiness level to TRL 7 (system prototype demonstration in a space environment)," Dr David Hyland-Wood, CEO of BITSCore, said.

“We sincerely thank our partners Macquarie University in Australia, the International Space University in France, the International Commercial Experiment Cubes Service team within Space Applications Services in Belgium and the European Space Agency for providing access to the Hydra 3 experiment.”

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The tests were further welcomed by Dr Ediz Cetin, senior lecturer at the Macquarie University School of Engineering.

“Macquarie University School of Engineering is pleased to support the development and testing goals of Australian sovereign manufacturers such as BITSCore, and to engage with industry partners to conduct joint future research opportunities,” Dr Cetin said.

The Queensland based company specialises in developing distributed computing solutions, including satellite command and control and secure information and data storage with an engineering officer in NSW.

[Related: Boeing, RMIT form space alliance]

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