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We are excited to announce that Skudo has been selected to be part of the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre Estonia (ESA BIC).

ESA’s Business Incubation Centres (BICs) are initiated by ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) and work to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies and provide technical expertise and business-development support.

Since Skudo has been working on solving the security needs of mission-critical applications, developing our own hardware-based encryption solution, the space application was a perfect match for our technology.

Within the scope of the contract with ESA and ESA BIC, we are developing a novel asymmetric PKI that is compliant with the ESA Space Security Data Link protocols. We are demonstrating the functionality of our hardware embedded HSM, in combination with the custom ESA PKI, on a strato balloon flying at an altitude of 20-25Km. This project simulates the conditions that the HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) will operate in.

Our role is to design, develop and demonstrate an end-to-end asymmetric encryption data link established between the ground and the balloon itself.

While engaged with the ESA BIC program, our research and development will focus on:

  • Symmetric Key Infrastructure (SKI)
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF)
  • Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme ECIES
  • Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC)
  • XMSS eXtended Merkle Signature Scheme

Skudo is a European company based in Estonia, offering deep-tech cybersecurity and hardware-based encryption for high-level niche markets and mission-critical applications in verticals such as space, governments, defence, critical infrastructures, IoT, telecommunication, robotics, drones etc.

We have developed our own Hardware Security Module (HSM) on a chip, using FPGA technology, entirely verifiable and made in Europe. We believe that all European mission critical applications deserve the safety provided by the European-made cyber security technologies and encryption solutions.

Our main product is a physical computing device that safeguards and manages digital keys for strong authentication and provides advanced crypto processing capabilities. It allows building complex solutions and produce custom products (PCB) around it. Reach us via or follow us on Twitter @SkudoTech.

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About Skudo

We envision a world where all digital communications are safe and private. We are dedicated to creating innovative best-in-class hardware solutions that protect data exchange with the highest level of security and privacy.