Kratos' RT Logic Launches Two New Products for Satellite Control Centers
Next-Generation Solutions Support IP-based Satellite Ground Systems with a
More Economical "Software-Only" Model
RT Logic's Solutions Are Used in Over 80% of U.S. Space Missions
SAN DIEGO, April 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kratos Defense & Security
Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider,
announced that its RT Logic subsidiary has launched two innovative new
products for building cost-effective satellite control centers: the Software
Front End Processor (FEP) and the Software Gateway. Both are based upon a more
economical "software only" architecture that replaces the hardware/software
appliances used in the industry today.
RT Logic's Software FEP and Software Gateway products consolidate a large
number of strings of capability into minimal physical space, reducing
equipment power and cooling requirements, and lowering costs and complexity
for customers building satellite control centers. Both products can run either
on a customer's own servers or blade-server systems, or on servers provided by
In a satellite ground network control center, RT Logic's Software FEP connects
the Command & Control system to an encryption/decryption (COMSEC) device, and
the Software Gateway connects the COMSEC to a wide area network (WAN). The FEP
and the Gateway work together to transmit commands to, and receive telemetry
from, a remote ground station communicating with a satellite.
Legacy control center architectures from the days before wide use of Internet
Protocol (IP) required semi-custom hardware system solutions tailored to the
custom serial interfaces of a particular COMSEC device. This resulted in
ground segments dominated by physical racks of equipment. Newer COMSEC
devices, such as the Air Forces' KS-252 End Cryptographic Unit (ECU), support
ubiquitous, standard Ethernet electrical interfaces and IP protocols. RT
Logic's Software FEP and Software Gateway products support the KS-252 and
similar ground operating equipment, helping to reduce the cost, size and
complexity of satellite control centers.
RT Logic's Software FEP and Software Gateway support virtual machine
environments, and their small memory footprint allows for more efficient use
of system resources. In addition, they achieve platform independence by
eliminating custom drivers, firmware and hardware cards. Both products are
scalable and support blade-server architectures, enabling them to match the
expanding requirements of satellite constellations as they grow over time.
"RT Logic's new software-only solutions address the major needs of customers
today, including ease-of-use and integration, reduced upfront and lifecycle
costs, flexible configurations, and program-friendly licensing models," said
Matt Prechtel, Business Area Manager at RT Logic.
RT Logic continues to support the standard Ground Equipment Monitoring Service
(GEMS) interface, allowing for backwards compatibility with its
industry-leading T501 FEP and T500GT Gateway product lines and enabling a
smooth transition to the newer IP-based ground system networks.
"RT Logic is aggressively investing in products that leverage next-generation
technologies while simplifying architectures, improving security, lowering
cost and meeting the needs of disaggregation and interoperability in satellite
ground system networks," said John Monahan, President of RT Logic. "The
Software FEP and Software Gateway are the result of carefully listening to our
customers as our industry evolves toward all-IP architectures."
RT Logic's Software Front End Processor and Software Gateway solutions will be
demonstrated in the Kratos booth # 408 at the National Space Symposium 2013,
April 8-11, 2013, in Colorado Springs, CO. For more information, please visit
RT Logic, a Kratos company, is a leading provider of innovative products for
ground stations, satellite test equipment and satellite operations, with
solutions used in over 80% of America's space missions.
About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
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National Security technology business providing mission critical products,
services and solutions for United States National Security. Kratos' core
capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing and system
integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Kratos'
areas of expertise include Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat
Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), satellite
communication systems, unmanned systems, cyber warfare, cyber security,
information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has
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4,300. The vast majority of Kratos' work is performed on a military base, in a
secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos' primary end
customers are National Security related agencies. News and information are
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