BOULDER, Colo., May 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Ball Aerospace, in collaboration with Microsoft, has successfully completed a series of demonstrations showing the viability of using commercial cloud computing to securely process and deliver actionable information quickly to those who need it, whether they are in a ground station, center or on the battlefield.
Through the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Rapid Business Solutions process, the demonstrations support the Commercial Augmented Space Inter-Networked Operations (SMC) program office of the United States Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center, which serves as the SMC focal point for the proliferation of low Earth orbit (LEO) technology and prototyping.
“Our tests have shown that the cloud is, in fact, a viable solution for processing, exploiting and delivering data that is not only fast, but also flexible, secure, scalable and resilient,” said Steve smith, Vice President and General Manager, Systems Engineering Solutions, Ball Aerospace. “For years, the military envisioned an agile and connected force structure. During the demo, the CASINO team proved that we are ready to deploy low latency links today, which brings this vision much closer to reality.
For the demonstrations, the simulated data from Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) was delivered to Microsoft’s AZURE cloud where it was processed using the event architecture developed by Ball and then broadcast to multiple endpoints. In the final demonstration, Telesat joined the Ball-Microsoft team to successfully perform a direct data downlink from its LEO satellite network to an electronically steerable Ka-band phased array built by Ball and affixed to a tactical vehicle in order to prove that actionable information could be delivered to the combatant on the ground.
“Direct satellite-to-cloud communication and accelerated processing of data on the ground allow the Department of Defense to acquire advanced analytical capabilities enabling predictive modeling and new actionable insights capable of reshaping the future as we go. that he advance in his mission “, declared Tom keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global, Microsoft. “By combining satellite data with other sources directly into Azure, the Microsoft-Ball Aerospace team has demonstrated an innovative approach to ground processing that also opens up possibilities for a wide range of commercial applications. “
Ball Aerospace has over 30 years of experience in data processing, including the development of unique and precise operating algorithms for satellite systems. Ball also has five decades of experience in providing electronically controlled phased arrays, antenna solutions for commercial, military and government customers and two decades of experience in providing antennas and flat panel terminals.
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