JAN 2020 – Pi from the Sky

Pi from the Sky Design Sprint


Project graphic showing a Raspberry Pi circuit board, the project name, and CyberWorx logo


Seven government personnel examined the possible effects and objectives to using Raspberry Pi – or similar commercial, open-source technology – to provide cyber warfare capabilities. Air War College’s Blue Horizons program sought out exploration to lead to a minimum viable prototype by mid-April 2020. On average, creating operational access within a specified area can take anywhere from six months to two years, necessitating pre-planning focused on the most likely adversarial locations. This project looked to provide rapid information warfare, cyber, and ISR support with non-classified, expendable equipment.


The Blue Horizons team came to the event with a minimum viable prototype and several payloads already developed. During the event, participants focused on finding additional payload effects as well as listing other areas in which the Blue Horizons team could flesh out their project. They found multiple questions to explore for project feasibility and viability as well as the need to investigate scalability.


CyberWorx offered to support future payload expansion through networking and event planning. Blue Horizons considered future Hack-a-thon events using guidance from questions captured during the event.

Problem Statement:

Define human, organizational, legal, and technical requirements for two to five cyber effects to be deployed with the Raspberry Pi to disrupt, deny, and degrade adversary capabilities.