Moonlighter Satellite

Moonlighter
Moonlighter
Moonlighter
Moonlighter
Moonlighter
Moonlighter
Name Moonlighter
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Operational (Used in Hack-A-Sat competition)
Launched 2023-06-05
NORAD ID 57316
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-28)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2023-07-06
Organization Aerospace Corporation
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Headquarters US
Manufacturer AIVT by Aerospace Corporation
Partners Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Systems Command (SSC)
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Provide the national security space community with the ability to test and learn in realtime in orbit.

Description

Moonlighter is a cyber test platform developed in partnership with Space Systems Command (SSC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

This 3U CubeSat will provide the national security space community with the ability to test and learn in realtime in orbit.

Moonlighter is the world’s first and only hacking sandbox in space, designed and launched to advance the understanding of cybersecurity for space systems. It will serve a critical role in exercising defensive cyber operations (DCO); developing cyber tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs); and verifying end-to-end cyber threat assessment and prevention across the space enterprise.

Aerospace engineers have built both the vehicle and ground segments, with a launch scheduled for June 2023. On-orbit operations will begin August 2023.

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On the same launch

Last modified: 2023-11-04

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