Vector & Citrix to Bring Virtualization Software Technology to Micro Satellites

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) additive manufactured injector by was successfully hot fire tested by Vector Space System on Dec. 8, 2016 using Liquid Oxygen/Propylene propellant (LOX/LC3H6). This work was performed under a 2015 STMD ACO Space Act Agreement. (Credit: Vector Space System)

TUCSON, Ariz., May 1, 2017 (Vector Space Systems PR) — Vector, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Sea Launch and VMware, today announced that it will join forces with Citrix to bring advanced datacenter and cloud virtualization technology into space for the first time through the development of a software defined satellite platform with Vector’s GalacticSky solution.  Citrix and Vector will work together to enhance Citrix XenServer for space use and validate Vector’s GalacticOS, a purpose built satellite app operating system that enables entrepreneurs to easily develop space based applications.

“The commercial space industry is booming and with so many new opportunities and capabilities available to entrepreneurs, our GalacticSky solution is well positioned to help innovators achieve their dreams of reaching the Final Frontier,” said Shaun Coleman, General Manager & Senior VP, GalacticSky of Vector. “Integrating payload software into a completely virtualized satellites alongside Citrix, allows us to cut down mission implementation from years to days, and furthers Vector’s vision of lowering the barriers of space access.

The GalacticSky software defined satellite solution from Vector will enable space application developers to build, test and simulate their applications without the need to build or launch a satellite. Using on orbit resources that can be dynamically configured, space entrepreneurs can test out ideas in near real-time without the cost or time required to launch a satellite. Utilizing Citrix XenServer, a comprehensive cloud proven server virtualization platform, GalacticSky will reduce the burden of developing and launching space hardware by removing this component altogether, revolutionizing the way innovators and entrepreneurs develop solutions for space.

“At Citrix, we believe in transformation through innovation, and through this collaboration with Vector we see our technology paving the way for future entrepreneurs in space for years to come. This is an example of how Citrix continues to help developers embrace the future of work, and reimagine how work gets done,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president, product marketing, Citrix.

About Vector:

Founded by the original SpaceX founding team, Vector is a disruptive company that connects space startups and innovators with affordable and reliable launch services, enabling platforms and vehicles to access space at a price never before possible. For more information, visit http://www.vectorspacesystems.com/.

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  • JamesG

    So…. Vector is going to sell a virtual rocket and let you operate a virtual satellite derived from other people’s data?

    That is almost as brilliant as selling the Brooklyn Bridge!

  • Michael Grigoni

    Actually the marketing blurb seems to imply that access to software defined flying hardware is part of the package with simulation included in the development package. It certainly would be cool to me to have access to a reconfigureable platform on orbit without having to support its total development costs.

  • JamesG

    Except what are you going to do with it? Being able to upload and run a program on a computer that just happens to be in orbit isn’t particularly useful in of itself. Kinda cool, but not worth paying much for, even if you get to fly the sat around. Its the sensors and hardware to do something that justify a satellite’s existence. Seems kind of a long shot that a tiny cubesat is going to have the onboard functionality that just happens to match what you need to accomplish something.

    And while the PR *implies* access to flight hardware, the wording does not say so. Likely what they are angling for is “selling (software) shovels to the miners”, because the one sure way to make money at something is to sell stuff to all the other people who want to do that something.