The United States Space Force (USSF) and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab has tapped blockchain firm Xage Security for the Force’s security system. Xage Security said the contract targeted end-to-end data protection for the USSF and that it will use its blockchain-based Xage Security Fabric solution.
According to the company, Xage Security Fabric can secure all systems and removes single points of entry so hackers can’t wipe information. USSF can verify who accesses systems, ensures satellites remain online, even if ground equipment goes offline, and protect data until fully transferred to operational units. Xage Security won an earlier U.S. Air Force contract in December 2019.
The USSF was established in December 2019 by Donald Trump to defend space and acquire military space systems. The University of Illinois claims space systems are infrastructure and vehicles that combine to perform outer space tasks, including satellites and spaceships.
Systems heavily rely on communication and geographical positions, and Xage Security CEO Duncan Greatwood said blockchain meets many of the complex needs of the USSF.
“The USSF requires decentralized enforcement of security to establish space domain resilience and objective situational awareness––across every asset and data element. We built the Xage solution to serve the needs of complex critical infrastructure systems, and are excited to bring the Xage solution to the Space Force in the form of a blockchain-protected space system security.”
The U.S. Department of Defense oversees military branches, including the Air Force and the USSF, and has in the past explored blockchain. India-based Simba Chain won a contract to provide security for sensitive research and development data in March 2020. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been publicly involved in blockchain since 2019.