International Space Reference Architecture

October 2019
Topics: Enterprise Architecture, Airspace, Information Systems, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Systems Engineering, Strategic Planning, Acquisition Management
Nathaniel Dailey, The MITRE Corporation
Harvey G. Reed, The MITRE Corporation
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This paper provides a socio-technological transformative architecture as a mechanism to advance international space innovation objectives in support of Long-Term Sustainable (LTS) guidelines in space among nations and organizations, public and private. It enumerates, in the context of an International Space Reference Architecture (ISRA), how the means for LTS guideline implementation spans components of this socio-technological architecture metamodel such that there is traceability and cohesion among technical specifications, behavioral norms, ethics and standards of practice ultimately in support of space policy criterion and Ex-Post evaluation & verification for measuring intended impactful outcomes.

Specifically, it focuses, as a basis for exposition, on 1. space flight safety technology mechanisms, utilizing Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Blockchain, and 2. comprehensive interconnected security principles such as: sound satellite cybersecurity mechanisms must be interdependent with and across technology, information, physical, personnel, managerial, trusted supply chain, certification and accreditation processes and procedures. Such an architectural construct can serve to catalyze comprehensive approaches to the advancement of public-private space industry and incentivize good behavioral norms in sustainably meaningful, effective & “sticky” ways that ensure continued & unfettered access to space for all.

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