The Aerospace Village is happy to announce our workshops that will be available for DC29. Full schedule of talks, workshops, and events at the Aerospace Village is located here:

No sign up is needed for any of the workshops, they are on a first come first serve basis.

Online Workshops (via Discord #av-workshops-text)
Deep Space Networking
  • Chappell University
Deep space communications utilize TCP/IP protocols with some added assistance from a TCP Convergence Layer and the Bundle Protocol. In this workshop, participants will contrast data transmission on the Earth terrestrial Internet to the Deep Space Network and then delve into the latest version of the Bundle protocol and the TCP Convergence Layer. We will examine key fields in the headers, locate the first packet of a bundle and the first and second legs of the relay process, as reassembled by Wireshark. Participants will learn to build a custom Wireshark profile to quickly identify key fields of the Bundle Protocol, including fields that define priority, destination type, endpoint IDs, and reporting of bundle delivery.

Nyansat v2
  • Red Balloon, Hack-A-Sat2
Come together to build on Antenny boards and NYAN-SAT. Make things that can talk to the sky with very very very affordable hardware. What becomes possible when we have 1000 ground stations? I have a few ideas, I’m sure participants will have many others. Let’s build it and find out together!

Understanding Space in the Cyber Domain

*3 online sessions: Friday 1:00PM-4:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-1:00PM, Sunday 1:00PM-4:00PM
  • TSTI sponsored by AFRL, Griffiss Institute
This half-day course examines the practical issues of developing and sustaining a secure cyber environment through all phases of the space mission lifecycle. The course is organized around the SPAce Domain Cybersecurity (SpaDoCs) Framework. The SpaDoCs Framework provides a comprehensive and systematic model for understanding and tackling all critical issues of cybersecurity in the space domain. An examination of the Key objectives— confidentiality, integrity, availability—provides the foundation for the course. From there, the space domain is examined layer by layer starting from the enterprise layer, then drilling down through mission, system and DevSecOps layers. Threats and vulnerabilities at each layer are highlighted. Finally, first principles of cybersecurity are discussed (domain separation, process isolation, etc.) as well as key enablers (vision, strategy, etc.) to help frame plans for action to address the cybersecurity issues exposed by this course. Course exercises center around practical application of the material to real-world space mission scenarios.

In-Person Workshops and Activities (FRIDAY & SATURDAY10:00AM-4:00PM)
AIAA CubeSat Hacking Workshop
  • AIAA, Sci_Zone
DEF CON participants will be able to interact with CubeSat hardware and ground equipment in cybersecurity sandbox environment. Come hack a real satellite!

Boeing ARINC 429 Lab
  • Boeing Testing & Evaluation
Sessions will be held for small audience 15-20 users to demonstrate the structure and use of avionic-specific communication protocol (ARINC 429). This is an opportunity for hands-on experience in a controlled setting.

Decoding NOAA Weather Sat Signals

*Saturday 11:00AM – 12:00PM in-person. You’ll need a laptop with internet connection for this workshop
  • Eric Escobar
Introduction to receiving and decoding NOAA weather satellite signals. I’ll demonstrate this first with a commercially available radio, and then I’ll demonstrate how to listen to to NOAA satellites for free using publicly accessible and internet connected radios scattered across the globe.

Hack-A-Sat2 Satellite Platform
  • Hack-A-Sat2, Cromulence
Come and gets hands on with Hack-a-Sat 2 hardware and learn about the unique problems presented by cybersecurity in the space realm. The Air Force and Space Force will be presenting the HAS2 flatsat – the primary platform hosting the hacking challenges for HAS2, comprised of a variety of software and processor architectures commonly used in space vehicles. Visitors can command various settings changes in the flatsat and see the resulting changes in the telemetry from the device as well as visual attitude changes in the NASA 42 simulation. Visitors will also be introduced to the HAS2 Digital Twin, an emulated version of all the flight software running on the flatsat, and will have a chance to capture and analyze an exploit being thrown against the flight software. Lastly, the Aerospace Corporation will demonstrate cyber defense onboard a satellite by using machine learning and signatures to detect anomalous command sequences and onboard cyber events.

For virtual attendees, the Digital twin demonstration will also be accessible via VNC to an instance running inside Docker containers in Amazon AWS (remote viewers will need to have a VNC client on their own computer).

HACMS Live Demo
  • Collins Aerospace
As part of DARPA-s High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems program, Collins Aerospace led a team of researchers using formal methods tools to construct aircraft software that was provably secure against many classes of cyber attack. We will have an operational (but non-flying) version of our secure quadcopter present whose mission and telemetry software runs on the formally verified seL4 kernel. We will provide wifi access to an isolated virtual machine running on its mission computer. DEF CON participants will be challenged to break out of the VM environment to read or write the encryption keys used for vehicle telemetry.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Hack
  • Kaitlyn Handelmann
In Space, No One Can Hear You Hack: DEF CON participants will learn the basics of space hacking and space vehicle security. This is the perfect point of entry for those interested in space hacking.

Lego Spike Hub
  • Defense Digital Service
Participants will be given the opportunity to program a Lego Spike Hub to perform a space mission of transporting and sorting valuable minerals. The workshop is intended to be an introductory workshop to give participants an appreciation for the operation of autonomous space vehicles and an understanding of finite state machines and hardware limitations. There will be 4 prebuilt Lego robots, 2 will be for tracing a line while the other 2 will be for color sorting. The scenario presented to the participant is that they are on a foreign planet and need to transport minerals along a predefined path to safely arrive at the sorting facility and as such will program in Scratch code code for the transport shuttle to execute. Participants will also have a chance to program in Scratch the code to execute on the color sorting robot, thus demonstrating the ability to correctly sort the minerals in appropriate colors.

Nyansat v2
  • Red Balloon, Hack-A-Sat2
Come together to build on Antenny boards and NYAN-SAT. Make things that can talk to the sky with very very very affordable hardware. What becomes possible when we have 1000 ground stations? I have a few ideas, I’m sure participants will have many others. Let’s build it and find out together!

ADSB Demo and Paper Airplanes
  • Jim Ross
Interactive ADS-B demonstration and paper airplane activity. Educational and fun

The Hangar – Cocktail Making Event

*Saturday 3:30PM-4:30PM
  • Spanky L.
There’s nothing like a nice cocktail after a long day of travel and/or hacking! Come join us Saturday afternoon for a cocktail building session. We’ll be making and tasting the most appropriate cocktail, the Aviation, which evokes beautiful clouds and sunsets. It’s sophisticated and full of gin (just like our UK friends). We’re working on a virtual version where we will publish a CBOM – Cocktail Bill of Materials, so you know what to collect/purchase to build your own while we share one with you, no matter your location.