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Kratos’ Frank Backes on Emerging Virtual Trainers for Space-Based Combat Environments

Frank Backes SVP Kratos
Frank Backes, SVP, Kratos

Frank Backes, senior vice president for federal space business at Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, has noted that the military and industry are working to identify threats to space systems, National Defense Magazine reported Monday.

Backes said in an interview that Kratos is investing in a U.S. Space Force mission trainer that combines augmented-, virtual- and mixed-reality technologies to simulate ground- and space-based threats in operationally limited, contested and degraded environments.

The executive noted that the Space Force-focused trainer has the capacity to simulate threats such as radio-frequency disruptions and satellite collisions. The trainers are designed to integrate such treats into live communications to mimic interference in real-life situations.

Kratos also developed a Marine Common Aircrew Trainer and is working to leverage similar technologies to visualize combat operations in a space environment. The Department of Defense currently uses Kratos' trainer for KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker pilots, Backes added.

Slingshot Aerospace previously launched an effort to establish the web-based Slingshot Orbital Laboratory in an effort to better simulate space domain awareness, according to the report.

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