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A future proposal to construct a digital infrastructure has been hinted at by the Space Force’s chief technologist

The US Space Force’s top technology and innovation officer, Lisa Costa, said the military is looking to invest in edge computing, space data centers, and other technologies to develop digital infrastructure. Costa stated on January 13 at an online event organized by GovConWire, which is a government contracting news site, that “clearly, the imperative for data-driven, threat-informed decisions is number one,” and that “that means we require computational and storage power in space, as well as high-speed resilient communications on orbit.”

Costa was named the Space Force’s CTIO in September 2021. She formerly served as the US Special Operations Command’s director in charge of the communications systems as well as chief information officer. She stated that the Space Force does have a long-term goal of becoming a “digital service,” and that it is now developing a plan to invest in “the proper infrastructure for a vibrant and contested domain.”

According to Costa, one of the Space Force’s main goals is to be agile and “outpace our rivals.” She went on to say that relevant and timely data is critical and that this will necessitate investments in both government-owned and commercial space infrastructure. “Things such as elastic computing, cloud storage, crucial computation for machine learning, and infrastructure in and across orbits.”

She believes the Space Force needs to do a better job of conveying its requirements to the business sector and universities that are creating many of the technology it seeks.

In the space sector, data management and edge computing in orbit is expanding market segments. Satellites with onboard computing can digest data faster and undertake autonomous decision-making and duties than if the data had to be sent to a server on the ground. These capabilities are required by Space Force guardians in order to analyze data utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning, according to Costa. “In space, artificial intelligence is critical. So, where we shall assess that data?”

“It’s absolutely crucial,” she added, to have space-centered orbital computational power so that “we don’t have to download vast amounts of data to the ground stations to perform processing, and afterward upload the information.  “Assist us in determining the optimum methods for processing data and delivering it to decision-makers.  Because of two key factors: the level of threat and the strength of our Space Force, which is fairly small, a digital infrastructure that can transport data swiftly is “extremely vital.”

“We are the only military force in the United States that was founded during the information era,” Costa remarked. “As a result, the Space Force has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be formed digital.” And we’re taking advantage of it.”

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