Nano satelite Crypto Unit

Securing sensitive satellite data transmissions


The Nano satelite Crypto Unit (NCU), enables secure communication for ground-space, space-space and space-ground communication. The NCU provides different level of security from preventing loss of ownership by authenticating the TT&C commands to complete encryption of the data/ communication link. The NCU is developed for both New Space and Space grade applications.


The unit is a compact and rugged encryption device that provides a symmetrical end-to-end encryption that protects information up to and including SECRET. It is connected as a Ethernet interface, and the protected information is wrapped in the CCSDS TM space protocol, which is well suited for radio transmission.

Used on autonomous systems it can encrypt images, video, location data and other information in the data stream if the radio transmission or network connection allows sufficient data flow.

End-to-end encryption protection prevents unauthorized dissemination of information, whether the autonomous system portrays the situation at an injury site or follows people who should be unaware of the surveillance.

The protected data stream can be routed to one or more reception locations, whether fixed, mobile or flying. The solution can protect previously communicated information even if the drone crashes or ends up on unauthorized hands.

With two-way radio-based network connection, communication can be protected in both directions. It will not be possible to take control of the autonomous system in an unauthorized manner if it is controlled in this way. In addition, communication over networks can easily be done over great distances, and drone control from one common location for the entire country is thus a possibility.



EMC, TEMPEST and environments:
SDIP-27 level A

Operating temperature range:
-40°C to +85°C


Data link confidentiality, integrity and authentication
Approved for HEMMELIG (SECRET)
CIK for CCI handling and post-operation protection
Tampering protection
GCM-AES-256 protection
Benign rekeying offline protection (black keys)
CTR-AES-256, ECIES-521 and ECDSA-521

Related markets

  • Defence
  • Space


  • Secure Communication
  • Space Instruments & Systems

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