We are excited to announce that the European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to CGI Estonia and Skudo OÜ to develop a hardware-based end-to-end encryption and authentication solution for satellite data communication to be validated in space on board of the OPS-SAT (a LEO satellite orbiting at 500 km from Earth).
The global situation of the supply chain for electronic components is really harsh. Disasters force the production to alarming stops, electric vehicles (sales are increasing) need more electronic components, freight capacities are reduced and price increases are getting out of control, multiple orders build up through the supply chain. You can read more here.
SKUDO presents its technologies at the exhibition in TARTU on 26-26 August 2021 within the ESA and ESABIC business Pavilion. During the event, Stefano Alberico (CEO of SKUDO) has won the Space pitching competition organized by ESA/ESABIC.
We are very proud to announce that we completed our activity with ESA (European Space Agency) where we also developed integration of our modified CCSDS SDLS protocol (we implemented two new Extended Procedures for it) and a PKI (using digital certificates to protect every asset). This way we were able to increase the security of the protocol by adding asymmetric cryptography (mostly based on TLS 1.3) and strong bi-directional authentication, both missing in the SDLS. All crypto functions are running within our FPGA/HSM chip. We demoed the solution by using a packet radio modem using a VHF radio at 144.800 MHz.
Stefano Alberico (CEO of SKUDO) has been invited to speak at the "Secure Connectivity initiative - opportunities for the European New Space Ecosystem" organized by the "Defence Industry and Space" department of the European Commission, as one of the cybersecurity companies actively working in the "Secure Connectivity initiative". In the end, we joined the Q&A session with Commissioner Breton.