Air Force posts Space Modular Common Cryptography Program RFI
On August 6, the Air Force Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division posted the following Request for Information (RFI) for the Space Modular Common Cryptography Program. Responses are due by email no later than close of business on August 21.
The goal of the Space Modular Common Cryptography (SMCC) Program is to provide Information Assurance (IA) services for new satellite architectures. This will be accomplished via a family of common cryptographic (crypto) solutions that integrate Telemetry, Tracking, and Commanding (TT&C), Mission Data, and/or Transmissions Security (TRANSEC) key stream functions for the Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), and Intelligence Community space systems. The SMCC Program’s mission is to secure communication links and the data transmitted, incorporate standard interfaces that leverage existing technologies, provide a basis for future technologies, and design solutions that are scalable, upgradeable, and reconfigurable.
This RFI seeks to inquire information on an ASIC embedment into an End Crypto Unit (ECU) schedule. At what point during a Space Air Vehicle Equipment (AVE) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) development would a contractor need an ASIC hardware unit for embedment into an ECU? i.e. SRR, PDR, CDR. This question assumes an ASIC Embedment Manual and Interface Design Documents are available for an RFP release.
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