Kratos and Clearbox Systems announce partnership
On May 22, San Diego, CA-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. and Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd, the Australian company that uses technology to provide better approaches and techniques for the operations and management of communications networks and the electromagnetic spectrum, have signed a collaboration agreement to co-develop and co-market solutions to advance the capabilities of software-defined satellite ground systems.
As part of the agreement, Clearbox will integrate its flagship Foresight product to run seamlessly on Kratos’ OpenSpace dynamic ground platform. Foresight provides a unified user interface across essential ground functions including equipment monitoring and control, spectrum monitoring and network management. Foresight can be deployed on physical, virtual or cloud infrastructure and, being web-based, can be accessed by users on any workstations connected on the network. It is trusted by militaries, governments, satellite operators and commercial users large and small in Australia and globally in deployments ranging across SATCOM, ISREW, Crypto, OSS and Space Domain Awareness (SDA).
Foresight’s web-based, modular, distributed and open architecture makes it a natural application for running in the software-defined satellite network environments enabled by OpenSpace, the first and only commercially available virtual and orchestrated satellite ground system. OpenSpace enables satellite and network operators to fully support next-generation satellites, dynamically provision services and missions, and integrate far better with the networks used by global terrestrial and cellular communications providers.
“We have been highly successful working with Kratos in the past and are extremely excited to be expanding that relationship moving forward,” said Matthew Collins-Leslie, CEO and managing director of Clearbox. “With this agreement we will be working together to develop new, advanced solutions for the global market.”
As part of the agreement, Clearbox will integrate Foresight with OpenSpace and enhance the product to take advantage of OpenSpace’s unique dynamic operating capabilities. In addition, the two companies will work together to co-market each other’s products, Clearbox representing OpenSpace to its Australian customers and Kratos marketing Foresight globally. Clearbox will also become Kratos’ primary representative in Australia for opportunities incorporating systems engineering, installation and support for several of Kratos’ other space networking products. Both companies will also work together to deliver SDA solutions that combine Clearbox’s SpaceAware product and sensors with Kratos’ global RF signal monitoring SDA network.
“Our experience with Clearbox has been extremely productive,” commented Stuart Daughtridge, SVP for advanced technologies at Kratos. “Their people and technology are first-class, and we are looking forward to putting our heads together on the cause of advancing virtual ground system technologies to enable systems that are as dynamic, flexible and agile as smart phones are today.”
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