Tech Startups + Government Innovators = Accelerated Collaboration

Hyperspace Challenge, powered by the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Lab, in partnership with CNM Ingenuity, brings together tech startups with government innovators to accelerate collaboration between commercial and government communities. 

Our unique program facilitates interactions between promising technologies and timely problems to increase rapid acquisition and contracting opportunities. Our goal isn’t innovation at the speed of light; it’s faster.

HYPERSPACE CHALLENGE 2020
trusted autonomy

Now through December, we’re bringing together tech startups and government innovators around the following challenge:

How might we accelerate adoption of trusted autonomous solutions for space?

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AFRL

Building and DEPLOYING A CONNECTED NETWORK OF DEVICES ON THE MOON

Distributed surface networks can provide regional sensing, communications, position, navigation, and timing (PNT), and power distribution. However, it’s often not possible to install such networks with a delicate human touch. The Rapid Lunar Lander is a remotely-emplaced, hardened electronics package to service this need.

  1. Can you harden an electronics package sufficiently to survive a drop from a high altitude onto a relatively soft surface?
  2. Can you make that hardened electronics package self-initialize to a pre-programmed state upon landing?
  3. Can you make that hardened electronics package autonomously recognize other like packages and self-organize into an internet of things (IOT)?
We are seeking companies with new solutions for all, or part, of this problem.
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NASA

Creating new Deep Space Power Systems FOR SMALL SATELlITES

As missions look beyond the inner solar systems, solar flux drops off immensely, requiring solar-powered missions to have enormous solar arrays. As small spacecraft are fundamentally volume limited, solar arrays for U-Class and small spacecraft provide insufficient power for deep-space (beyond Jupiter) missions. NASA needs new power systems in order for small spacecraft to expand their use for proposed deep space missions.

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AFRL

AGGREGATING LARGE DATA SETS FROM SMALL SATELLITES TO DETERMINE CHANGES IN HUMAN PATTERNS OF LIFE  

Small satellites have the potential to rapidly collect a variety of data types over an area of interest.  The proliferation of small satellite constellations in recent years has made it such that satellite data are now accessible to anyone with internet access and a credit card. The US government is seeking technologies that enable analysis of data from multiple and various space-based sensors (including but not limited to Visual, Hyperspectral, RF, and large-scale media). Of particular interest are solutions that can process data from multiple sensors collecting continually over a large portion of the Earth yielding analytic output from which pattern of life information may be inferred. Solutions should be capable of processing and analyzing data from two or more aforementioned sensor types and generating solutions that at the minimum identify changes in behaviors over the area of interest. 

The Program

SIGN UP

July through August

Sign up for our webinar series by filling out our quick and easy form, and to start the conversation about your company's or university team's technology.

Be on hand to answer questions from our advisory committee.

Submissions

Late July - Sept 4

Attend a series of webinars to learn about specific capabilities and iterate how you believe your technology could best be leveraged to build new capabilities for the government.

Submit your application by September 4th. You need to sign up for the webinars to receive the application details.

HYPER ACCELERATOR

Late September - December

Invited startups and government innovators will come together to iterate on top concepts and explore opportunities for contracting and rapid acquisition.

Throughout the program you'll attend 1:1 meetings with government customers, while receiving support from experts coaching you through the ins and outs of working with government

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Government Innovators

Join a highly curated group of government innovators who have the will to change rapidly and the ability to influence purchasing decisions to facilitate rapid acquisition or contracting. Limited space is available to get involved.

Contact Capt. Roger Anderson to learn more.

Sponsors & Partners

Want to help support the work of Hyperspace Challenge? If your company would like to sponsor our Trusted Autonomy 2020 challenge, please contact contact@hyperspacechallenge.com.

Sign Up for the 2020 hyperspace challenge

 The 2020 Challenge is launching soon.  

Sign up to our mailing list for updates on the 2020 program. 

Not a company or university team, but still interested? Sign up for our mailing list here. 

ABOUT

Hyperspace Challenge is an initiative fueled by the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Lab, in partnership with CNM Ingenuity, in support of the Space Vehicles directorate and our U.S. government personnel everywhere.

Contact contact@hyperspacechallenge.com for more information.