Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is working on new ground infrastructure that could be used to support proliferated low-Earth orbit constellations of small satellites, Breaking Defense reported Monday.
â€œWe think that p-LEO is a big deal. And thereâ€™s got to be a revolution that has to hit the ground segment,â€ said Phil Carrai, president of space, training and cyber division at Kratos. â€œWe think this is kind of our play for the next many years. â€¦ Weâ€™ve been making some substantial investments in that, in the sense of taking what was analog and stovepiped and moving it into a digital, dynamic, cloud infrastructure.â€
Integrating stovepiped and incompatible networks poses a challenge and Carrai said the company believes a substantial change needs to occur from the ground perspective.
He said an integrated satellite communications infrastructure requires the ability to integrate satellite-based imagery into a network and â€œa roaming modem or a roaming terminal.â€
â€œIf you donâ€™t have that capability, youâ€™re not going to be resilient, itâ€™s going to cost a lot of money, and youâ€™re going to create a huge exposure because everybodyâ€™s going to know what antennas are used for what purpose,â€ Carrai added.