Excerpt: "As the Defense Innovation Unit works to demonstrate a space-based internet capability that could help the Pentagon achieve its vision for a connected battlespace, one of the organization’s biggest challenges has been navigating the military services’ disparate strategies for achieving it.
DIU is developing the Hybrid Space Architecture in partnership with the Space Force and the Air Force Research Laboratory to provide internet connectivity from space. The plan is to demonstrate the ability to use commercial satellites and communication systems to provide more bandwidth, security and flexibility to military and civil users.
In July 2022, DIU selected technology companies Aalyria, Atlas Space Operations, Enveil and Anduril to develop communication payloads for a satellite that will demonstrate the hybrid concept. In November, it chose SpiderOak Mission Systems, Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s Project Kuiper and Microsoft’s Azure Space to provide cybersecurity software and demonstrate the ability to link ground-based cloud capabilities with commercial communication satellites.
The program is eyeing a few potential demonstrations in the coming months, including one that will involve the Naval Research Laboratory’s tactical network modeling emulator. DIU wants to integrate its software-defined wide-area network, a virtual architecture that uses multiple data transport options to connect users, with the emulator for a proof-of-concept demonstration."
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