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, Volume: 9( 2) DOI: 10.21767/2319-9822.1000164

Space Communications and Cyber security: Threats, Risks and Solutions

Hamdi M
Mart Tunisia Technoparks, Tunisia
Tel: 21697416949

Received: June 15, 2020; Accepted: June 23, 2020; Published: August 6, 2020

Citation: Hamdi M. Space Communications and Cyber Security: Threats, Risks and Solutions. J Space Explor. 2020;9(2):164.


Space communication is becoming a vital part of national and international infrastructures. Countries are increasingly dependent on global satellite capabilities for national and international infrastructures, which include systems governing the navigation of aircraft and ships, military decision-support systems, financial transactions, and communications through the Internet. Cyber security threats to space communications are a relatively new phenomenon, with increasing connections to the forefront of concern for the critical systems due to the vulnerabilities that such threats may exploit and negatively impact. In fact, such vulnerabilities may affect military command systems, launch systems, communications, telemetry, tracking and command, and mission completion. More importantly, space infrastructures are often used as backup solutions to traditional communication mechanism: consequently, they are not secured by design.


Space communication; Mechanics; Cyber security


Cyber security dangers to satellite interchanges are a generally new marvel, yet have immediately gone to the cutting edge of worry for the supportability of satellite frameworks because of the vulnerabilities that such dangers may abuse and adversely sway. These vulnerabilities are strategic: they incorporate dispatch frameworks, interchanges, telemetry, following and order, and mission finishing. A large number of technologies in space are dual-use, from satellites to rockets to GPS (Global Positioning System [1]. They and different parts of satellite correspondences rely vigorously upon secure and versatile digital abilities for all phases of the satellite's life expectancy.

Due to the naturally worldwide nature of both satellite and the internet exercises, these abilities depend altogether on universal participation for setting a standard of concurred lawful standards that ensure satellites and satellite interchanges. This basic participation is pertinent during all crucial, from intending to definite wrap-up. Under ideal conditions, the standards and measures securing satellites and satellite transmissions are created and implemented by those country state on-screen characters that are focused on framework operability and in general strategic for those satellites propelled under their aegis and duty. In any case, when breaks of universal law do happen as antagonistic digital occasions that cause harm to satellite correspondences, a scope of measures ought to be accessible to the casualty state, gave by the fitting legitimate system or systems.

This article suggests that a thorough and integrative multi-partner audit be attempted sooner rather than later of the measures accessible under worldwide law for reacting to unfriendly acts coordinated at satellite frameworks and correspondences, in a way that considers both existing systems of global law surveyed in this, just as contemplations of cyber security. These measures will rely on the portrayal of antagonistic obstruction with satellite transmissions as per a proposed typology of unfriendly occasions. At present, four key regulating worldwide law systems impact the sorts of measures that might be embraced by states: the UN Charter's aggregate security system; space law (administering the starting of items and their space exercises, including risk for harms); worldwide broadcast communications law (overseeing information transmissions and assurance of frameworks); and the meaningful law identifying with transborder opportunity of data. In addition, the early standardizing system that will in the long run apply to state and non-state exercises in the internet will likewise be pertinent to satellite interchanges, in spite of the fact that it has been to a great extent prohibited from investigations and studies. In rundown, this article proposes a typology of antagonistic occasions, both motor and digital empowered, that are obligated to disturb satellite correspondences; and it surveys the four key significant lawful systems and notes the difficulties of early cyber security law on the worldwide plane. The article finishes up by supporting for the foundation of a structure for powerful clarification of suitable lawful cures at the worldwide level in reacting to dynamic, virtual and half breed dangers and threatening interruptions to satellite correspondences.

Space Law Treaties and Principles

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is the discussion for the advancement of universal space law. The Committee has closed five universal arrangements and five arrangements of standards on space-related activities. These five bargains manage issues, for example, the non-assignment of space by any one nation, arms control, the opportunity of investigation, obligation for harm brought about by space protests, the security and salvage of rocket and space explorers, the counteraction of destructive impedance with space exercises and the earth, the warning and enlistment of room exercises, logical examination and the abuse of normal assets in space and the settlement of disputes. Each of the arrangements focuses on the thought that space, the exercises completed in space and whatever advantages may be accumulated from space ought to be given to upgrading the prosperity all things considered and mankind, with an accentuation on advancing worldwide cooperation. Satellite correspondences join the physical, dynamic elements of the dispatch of an article into space, along with the non-active components of computerized interchanges to and from the satellite. Threatening disturbance of satellite interchanges on the part of state on-screen characters, as recognized from blunder, carelessness and other on-unfriendly inspirations, brings up issues under universal law around the appropriateness of the UN Charter system of collective security to such acts in the internet, and specifically whether they may comprise an utilization of power under the Charter's Article .These inquiries are especially testing when the disruptions are virtual or cross breed, as opposed to solely physical. One of the fundamentally unique properties of industrial control-when compared to general Information Technology (IT) systems-is that the physical evolution of the state of a system has to follow immutable laws of nature [2].


The fundamental presumption of this article is that international law has a key task to carry out in articulating the "rules of the road" for state exercises identifying with satellites, remembering the burden of effective authorizations for those states that don't maintain and implement appropriate lawful standards. The extra, generally new issue of the utilization of worldwide law to state and non-state air conditioning activities in the internet is a factor that likewise should be considered when gauging the scope of opportunities for state reactions to hostile disturbances to satellite correspondences. This article professional represents a typology of antagonistic satellite occasions and audits the four relevant legitimate systems just as the significance of cyber security considerations and early standards. It encourages the foundation of a global structure for powerful multi-partner participation un-der universal law in reacting to motor, virtual and hybrid threats to satellite interchanges of different types and explaining the applicable standards of obligation and risk in this specific circumstance.