If you have used computers for more than a decade, you will remember the importance of wireless updates replacing the need to update software by installing from a CD-ROM or floppy disk. Not only did this speed up the process significantly, it also allowed developers to release more regular updates to fix bugs or add new features without the associated cost of selling a physical product.
This seems to be a transition that took place eons ago for PCs and mobile devices, but it's a similar problem that still affects today's satellites. No, nobody flies a single floppy update into orbit, but the process of updating Satellite A.I. It has taken months to reach the minutes most of us know about modern computer updates.
This could be thanks to a new partnership between the U.S. Air Force and space and A.I. Hypergiant Industries. They are launching an innovative type of satellite constellation consisting of 24 to 36 satellites that can be updated in real time.
"In the past, satellites could not be updated from the ground," said Ben Lamm, CEO of Hypergiant, about Digital Trends. “This makes them vulnerable to attack and ultimately turns them into space debris. With the chameleon constellation, however, we can make satellites immediately updateable. This means they can be deployed faster, react faster in space and are prepared for changing security threats. "
The rapid update of space resources in minutes instead of months is an enormous advance for satellites. This makes it easier, for example, to ward off emerging cyber security threats, as updates can be published quickly if a hacker renders a satellite unusable through malicious software. The chameleon constellation satellites will also allow the new satellite constellation to work together to process data from one another, rather than having to send the data back to Earth where it could be intercepted.
"The space industry is shifting from a predominantly hardware industry to an industry that integrates software," said Lamm. “Changing the way satellite functions and updates is key to digital transformation in the satellite industry. Hypergiant's focus is on fulfilling the world we are promised, including modernizing the core sectors we focus on: critical infrastructure, space and defense. The chameleon constellation is a great example of new technologies applied to these three sectors. "
It is not yet clear when the chameleon constellation will work properly. But Lamm said: "We are building this fleet as flexibly as possible and as quickly as possible."