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Future Directions for the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA)

Learn how the SOSA standard drives openness and interoperability in defense technology. Join our webinar to delve into SOSA's impact, evolution, and certification process.

April 12, 2024

2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 hour

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Under the broad umbrella of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Modular Open System Approaches (MOSA) program is the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard, which aims to leverage appropriate industry and government standards to lend openness, modularity, interoperability, and reusability to embedded weapons and communications systems. Through the SOSA spec, the DoD intends to incorporate the latest technologies in its projects while making them easier and more cost-effective to implement. Systems developed with the SOSA spec will deliver greater reliability and reduced maintenance even as they serve multiple functional goals.

However, SOSA’s mandates mean that OEMs and systems integrators alike must understand and respect the program’s requirements if they’re to participate in the defense industry. At the same time, the SOSA technical specifications are living documents that are evolving to reflect DoD’s ever-changing needs.

When considering the SOSA standard and how it shapes the development of defense-related systems and subsystems, engineers must understand such facets as:

  • What are the broad elements that come under the DoD’s MOSA umbrella, and where does SOSA fit in?
  • What is the scope and purpose of the SOSA specifications? What does it define, and NOT define, within the context of an embedded system or subsystem?
  • How do the various working groups that contribute to the SOSA spec operate, and what are some of the directions they’re heading in today?
  • How do organizations like VITA contribute to the development of the SOSA spec?
  • How does SOSA benefit DoD primes and lower-tier suppliers?
  • What is the SOSA Certification process and how does it work?

This webinar, the second in our 2024 series of events with members of Microwaves & RF’s Editorial Advisory Board or their representatives, will examine the future of the Sensor Open Systems Architecture, considering technology drivers and the changing requirements of the defense industry.


David Maliniak | Executive Editor, Microwaves & RF Host | Endeavor Business Media


Rodger Hosking | Director of Sales Participant | Mercury Systems

Rodger H. Hosking is Director of Sales, Mercury Systems, Saddle River, NJ, and was previously vice-president and co-founder of Pentek, Inc. In over 35 years in the electronics industry, Hosking has produced hundreds of articles and technical presentations focused on radar, communications, software radio, and digital signal processing and holds patents in frequency synthesis and spectrum analysis techniques. Hosking earned an MSEE degree from Columbia University.