International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2570

Full Length Research Paper

Satellite Image Encryption for C4I System

Abdullah Sharaf Alghamdi1, Hanif Ullah1*, Muhammad Usama Khan2, Iftikhar Ahmad1and Khalid Alnafajan1      
1Department of Software Engineering, College of Computer and Information Sciences, P. O. Box 51178, Riyadh 11543, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2Prince Muqrin Chair for IT Security, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 April 2011
  •  Published: 02 September 2011


Global command and control system (GCCS-Joint) is a command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) system which consists of hardware, software, procedures and standards and which provides directory services, enterprise services and security services by exchanging imagery, intelligence, status of forces and planning information. In order to secure this exchange of imagery and information, we need more secure techniques and algorithms to be implemented. During the war, the commanders and forces needs the information and images of the exact location to which they are going to target and these images can be easily taken from the satellite. But the main problem of these satellite images is its transmission over the unsecure electronic media. This paper basically introduces a technique for the encryption and decryption of satellite imagery in order to securely transmit it during the war. The methodology used here for the process of encryption and decryption is that of chaotic maps. The research work is carried out by using the Henon and logistic maps.


Key words: Global command and control system (GCCS-Joint), security, satellite imagery, encryption, decryption.