SAN FRANCISCO – Hyperspace Challenge, a US Space Force accelerator, is teaming up for the first time with the Space Rapid Capability Office to help make space assets more resilient.
Through the upcoming Hyperspace Challenge the Space Force is exploring ways to help spacecraft deal with threats.
“We need to be able to protect these assets from growing threats, and we need to do it quickly,” Matthew Fetrow, Space RCO’s communications manager, said in a statement.
Traditional aerospace and defense companies as well as businesses from the automotive, manufacturing, cyber security and other sectors are invited to apply.
US Space Force leaders and the latest US military budget emphasize the need to make space systems more resilient. Military, civilian and commercial satellites face kinetic, cyber and laser threats.
“In addition to companies already targeting the space market, we now need to partner with non-space companies and researchers who can think creatively about the technologies they already use in their own fields that could have wider applications have them in space,” said Fetrow. “This is not necessarily your typical space cohort. We are interested in companies with advanced technologies that may or may not be operating in the space industry at all now.”
Specifically, the Space RCO is interested in products to:
- Increase Visibility and Spatial Awareness by using threat and hazard awareness capabilities that can quickly and accurately detect and prioritize threats from the ground or space.
- Pre-Space Analysis and Vehicle Autonomy using artificial intelligence, machine learning and/or autonomous technologies that reduce vehicle operator workload on the ground, inform intelligent vehicle response decisions and reduce vehicle response time.
- Increased Space Vehicle Lifetime and Maneuverability using advanced propulsion, refueling capabilities and/or other fuel conservation innovations that allow space assets to maneuver freely without negative future consequences.
Timeline and Goals
Companies interested in participating in the accelerator are invited to submit initial interest forms by August 15.
The Space RCO and the Hyperspace Challenge will share information about the application process during webinars on August 16 and 18. Formal accelerator applications will be accepted from 28 August to 8 September.
Companies invited to participate in the Hyperspace Challenge will attend a two-day event in Albuquerque with Space partners RCO and Hyperspace Challenge.
The Hyperspace Challenge is designed to help companies gain insight into the types of products and services sought by government space agencies. The Space RCO also “seeks to strengthen relationships with all participating companies to understand how the Space Force can support its success in commercial markets and bring its innovations into government space missions,” Fetrow said.