Leonardo launches Space Cloud Project for Italy’s Armed Forces

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Leonardo launches Space Cloud Project for Italy's Armed Forces
Leonardo launches Space Cloud Project for Italy's Armed Forces

The Ministry of Defence has requested that Italy’s state-owned Leonardo look into the progress of its military space cloud architecture project, which is the first of its kind in Europe.

The Ministry of Defense has requested that Italy’s state-owned Leonardo investigate the development of its military space cloud architecture project, which is the first of its kind in Europe, the company said on Monday.

According to the announcement, the project, known as MILSCA, will give Italy’s armed forces and government access to a system of high-performance computing, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and storage capacity that is located directly in space.

Leonardo will collaborate with Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio, two joint ventures between the French aerospace company Thales and the Italian defense and aerospace organization, throughout the two-year study.

It aligns with Leonardo’s primary objectives for the foreseeable future, which are to support its traditional products by concentrating on the space business, which is crucial for defense and security in the future.

MILSCA will ensure that users have access to critical information at all times and locations, including communications, earth observation, and navigation data.

With 100 terabytes of data storage on Earth and in orbit onboard each satellite, as well as a processing capability of over 250 TFLOPS, or 250 thousand billion operations per second, it can offer better speed and flexibility in the processing and exchange of information.

The study will be divided into two phases: the first will define the architecture, and the second will create a digital twin.

“In a multi-domain environment, the nation’s defense depends on management, security, and the quick transmission of an ever-growing volume of data, most of it tactical. According to a statement by Leonardo’s Chief Innovation Officer Simone Ungaro, “We will be the first in Europe to develop a Space Cloud project.”

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