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Storing data as photons in motion using ultra-wideband lasers and employing asymmetric encryption to protect a type of computer part widely used in military, aviation, and space systems were among eight cutting edge cybersecurity technologies showcased by the Space Force Accelerator Program Nov. 19.
The virtual demonstration day was the culmination of a three-month program for eight start-ups at the Catalyst Space Accelerator in Colorado Springs, Colo.—all working on ways to secure U.S satellites and other space systems against hackers and cyberspies.
“Our advanced space systems are basically linked computers flying through space, the harshest environment known to man,” Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, told the online audience in opening remarks.
The agile procurement models the Space Force is pursuing make it essential that, “We bake cybersecurity into our systems and not bolt it on afterwards,” he said.
The eight-company cohort spent their 12-week virtual program networking with potential customers in the Department of Defense and being educated about government acquisition processes.
“For some of these startups from the private sector, they have no background in selling to the government,” AFRL’s Capt. Keith Hudson, the government lead …
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