Introducing Security for “Alpha” the 100-satellite mesh constellation

To summarize the article, the Space Development Agency (SDA) has released a final proposal request for a 100-satellite mesh system classified as Alpha. The mesh system is divided into two vendors: Transport Layer Tranche 2, which will include 72 Beta satellites, and SDA. The goal of these satellites is to have optical communication terminals, payload capabilities, and autonomous navigation systems. The SDA is building a network of military satellites that includes a Tactical Layer for data transmission and a Tracking Layer for missile detection. The Transport Layer Tranche 2 aims to provide global communications access and regional connectivity to support military missions. The Tranche 2 satellites are expected to be launched in 2026 and will expand the network’s global coverage for U.S. military users.

With the development and deployment of a satellite constellation, the need for cybersecurity should be emphasized as a top priority. To mitigate potential cyber threats, the Alpha constellation should be equipped with state-of-the-art encryption technology and advanced security measures. It should be able to secure command and control data processors and autonomous navigation systems to protect against future vulnerabilities.

By being proactive in integrating a robust cybersecurity plan into the design, deployment, and operation of the satellite network, the SDA and Tranche 2 can mitigate risks and ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical military communications.

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Space Development Agency issues new solicitation for 100 satellites – SpaceNews