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Innoflight KI-103 End Cryptographic Unit received NSA certification

(4 April 2019 - Innoflight) Innoflight has received confirmation that its KI-103 End Cryptographic Unit (ECU), also known as GNOME, has been certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) for Top Secret and Below (TSAB) COMSEC space missions.

The certification also covers the KI-103A and KI-103B, combining the ECU and the SCR-100, Innoflight’s flight heritage S-band Software-defined Compact Radio, into a single unit enclosure and hence a ‘one-stop-shop’ integrated communications subsystem for satellite integrators.

“Innoflight is thrilled to receive this prestigious certification after several years in the making, this is the result of great teamwork from Innoflight’s team and the U.S. government,” said Trevor Coolidge, Vice President, Engineering and Operations at Innoflight. “Innoflight is one of four companies nationwide and the only small business with a TSAB-certified ECU for space applications.”

Innoflight’s CEO and President, Jeff Janicik, added “This is a result of persistence and commitment to a communications design that is truly enabling for highly relevant small satellites.”

The KI-103 is based on AES-256 encryption technology and provides downlink mission data/telemetry encryption as well as uplink command decryption and authentication services. The KI-103 is compact and low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP), ideal for CubeSats and NanoSats. The KI-103 is delivered with software for efficient key loading/management and allows for the key memory to be reprogrammed just prior to system deployment. The KI-103 also supports Over-The-Air Rekey (OTAR) for further mission flexibility. The KI-103 can be delivered as a standalone unit or integrated with Innoflight’s Software-defined Compact Radios for best integration.

Innoflight has already received multiple orders from the U.S. government and other companies for the KI-103 with flight heritage expected this year. Innoflight also offers other cryptographic and cyber products, making it a pioneer in satellite secure communications.

About Innoflight

Innoflight is a veteran-owned small business founded in 2004. Innoflight offers state-of-the-art software-defined compact/ground radios, cryptographic and cyber secure systems and processing, networking and data storage avionics. Innoflight’s offered products include compact flight computers, payload interface electronics, network switches/routers, solid-state data recorders, etc. Our core competency is secure Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) design through innovative implementation of modern Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology in tandem with common standards and protocols that produce modular, high performance, yet low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) systems at competitive prices. Our products are qualified through an Innoflight rigorous process that includes parts reliability analysis & testing, system level fault tolerance, and radiation risk mitigation. Our customers include the U.S. government, prime aerospace contractors and commercial space developers.