It is currently being reported that SpaceX is ready to extend its Starlink technology to the US Department of Defense as an encrypted satellite internet facility. Accordingly, Starshield has been launched as a satellite communication service for America’s national security. It is planned to use the same technology as Starlink, but it will go beyond high-speed Internet speeds, they have said.
SpaceX cites three areas of focus for Star shield. The first of which is to provide end-to-end encrypted communication facilities for government customers. SpaceX says it has already offered end-to-end user data encryption to Star shield. And the Starshield project has used the additional high-assurance cryptographic capability to securely process payloads and data, meeting the most demanding government requirements.
A Starshield system can also act as a surveillance network. They mention on the web page for Starshield that they are also focused on launching “satellites with sensing payloads” for Earth observation capability.
A third focus for the Starshield project is SpaceX launching customized payloads for government customers via satellites. Starlink says that Starshield satellites, designed to meet a variety of operational requirements, are able to offer unique versatility to users by combining various payloads.
Through the Starshield web page, they further mention that SpaceX can help various nations develop a Starshield system. It also mentions how his company has already partnered with the US Department of Defense to send government satellites into space.
SpaceX hasn’t said much about Starshield, and it’s unclear whether Star shield will operate as its own constellation of satellites, or in the same Starlink network that currently operates more than 3,200 satellites in Earth orbit.
However, Ukraine’s use of Starlink has shown how valuable satellite internet technology can be for security and communications purposes. In addition, the Star shield program could also help SpaceX win lucrative contracts from government customers, including the Pentagon.
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