Boeing had 35 patents in cybersecurity during Q3 2023.Boeing has filed patents for systems, methods, and apparatus related to satellite operations with a secure enclave for secure hosted payload operations. The methods involve receiving commands from a host spacecraft operations center (SOC) and reconfiguring payloads on the vehicle accordingly. The patents also describe the use of encrypted commands and telemetry for secure communication between the vehicle and the SOC. Additionally, the patents disclose a virtual transponder system that utilizes inband commanding, allowing for the reconfiguration of payloads based on encrypted commands received from both the host SOC and a hosted payload (HoP) operation center (HOC). GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Boeing grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 91% in Q3 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Satellite operations with secure enclave for secure hosted payload operations (Patent ID: US20230275878A1)

The patent filed by The Boeing Co. describes systems, methods, and apparatus for satellite operations with a secure enclave for secure hosted payload operations. The disclosed method involves receiving host commands from a host spacecraft operations center (SOC) and reconfiguring a host payload on a vehicle (e.g., a satellite) according to these commands. The method also includes transmitting host payload telemetry to the host SOC. Additionally, the method involves receiving hosted commands from a secure enclave of the host SOC and reconfiguring a hosted payload on the vehicle accordingly. The method further includes transmitting host payload data, hosted payload data, and hosted telemetry to the secure enclave of the host SOC.

The patent includes several claims related to the vehicle configured to carry a host payload and a hosted payload. Claim 1 describes a vehicle with a command receiver that receives encrypted host commands from the host SOC and a host communication security module that decrypts these commands. The unencrypted host commands are used to reconfigure the host payload on the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a telemetry transmitter that transmits encrypted host payload telemetry to the host SOC. The payload antenna on the vehicle receives encrypted hosted commands from the secure enclave of the host SOC, and a hosted communication security module decrypts these commands. The unencrypted hosted commands are used to reconfigure the hosted payload on the vehicle. The payload antenna also transmits host payload data, hosted payload data, and encrypted hosted telemetry to the secure enclave of the host SOC.

Other claims describe various configurations and functionalities of the vehicle, such as carrying a combined host/hosted payload, receiving encrypted hosted commands via a secure terrestrial link and host or hosted gateway antennas, and reconfiguring different components of the host and hosted payloads. The patent also includes claims related to the secure enclave within the host SOC, which receives service specifications from a hosted user, generates encrypted hosted commands, transmits them to the vehicle, receives encrypted hosted telemetry from the vehicle, and decrypts it.

Overall, the patent describes a system for satellite operations that involves secure communication between the host SOC and the vehicle carrying the host and hosted payloads. The system allows for reconfiguring the payloads and transmitting telemetry data in a secure manner.

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