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SpiderOak Demonstrates Secure Data Transmission Between ISS and Ground Networks

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SpiderOak Demonstrates Secure Data Transmission Between ISS and Ground Networks

SpiderOak has demonstrated the capability of its OrbitSecure zero trust cybersecurity software to enable secure two-way data transmission between the International Space Station and ground networks via NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay System.

John Moberly, SpiderOak’s senior vice president for space and a 4×24 member, said the demonstration showed that running containerized workloads in modern orchestrated environments is possible, secure and effective.

OrbitSecure was installed in the orbital laboratory in July. The demo involved sending and receiving operations traffic using the AWS Snowcone edge computing device on board the ISS provided by Axiom Space, SpiderOak said.

The company noted that the mission showed the software’s potential to enable protected communications for new data-intensive operations, including in-space manufacturing, scientific research and commercial human spaceflight, and data centers in orbit.

According to Charles Beames, executive chairman of SpiderOak, reinforcing information assurance provides the opportunity for commercial systems to augment emerging U.S. Space Force platforms for improved national defense.

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