Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has delivered the first batch of its OpenSpace quantum and SpectralNet products to Northrop Grumman.
The products are for the US Army Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) space-ground system prototype.
Northrop Grumman is developing prototype space to ground TITAN systems. Last year, the company received a contract to deliver two prototype ground stations for the system.
It was selected by the Defense Innovation Unit and the US Army Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office for the effort.
The two deployable and semi-autonomous prototypes will be used to evaluate the value of space assets for procuring tactical intelligence and improving battlefield awareness in anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environments.
The TITAN system is a portable expeditionary intelligence ground station. It uses space and high altitude, aerial, and terrestrial layer sensors to provide targetable data to commanders at all levels in near-real-time.
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Kratos was selected to the Northrop Grumman TITAN team for its OpenSpace products’ expertise in virtualising uplink/downlink processing.
The company’s quantum products are software replacements for traditional hardware components, while its SpectralNet products digitise the satellite’s radio frequency signals.
Kratos Federal Space Solutions senior vice-president Frank Backes said: “OpenSpace technology is leading efforts across the satellite industry, both among commercial and government operators, to capitalise on the ability of virtualisation and modern networking techniques to realise digital transformation goals.
“TITAN is the newest application of OpenSpace in the DoD that can better support the timely tactical needs of the warfighter.”
Furthermore, Kratos will provide engineering and manufacturing of the TITAN prototypes’ ‘modified tactical shelter’ and associated subsystem hardware.