Tech Startups + Government Innovators = Accelerated Collaboration

Hyperspace Challenge, powered by the Air Force Research Lab New Mexico and ABQid, 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.

Sponsors & Partners

Want to help support the work of Hyperspace Challenge? If your company would like to sponsor our SmallSat 2019 challenge, please contact contact@hyperspacechallenge.com.

HYPERSPACE CHALLENGE 2019
Small satellites

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

How might we leverage emerging technologies for smallsats to make space more accessible to all?

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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 provide a variety of data types over an area of interest.  Multiple proliferated small satellite constellations offer data which is accessible to anyone with internet and a credit card. The US government is seeking technologies to analyze data from various space-based sensors (including but not limited to Visual, Hyperspectral, RF, and large-scale media). This data can be provided nearly persistently over a large portion of the Earth enabling access to data that can be distilled into pattern of life information. Solutions should be capable of processing and analyzing data from two or more aforementioned sensor types and generate solutions that identify changes in behaviors over the area of interest.

The Program

SIGN UP

Now through September 6

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

Be on hand to answer questions from our advisory committee.

Submissions

September 9 - 30

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

Be on hand to answer questions from our advisory committee.

HYPER ACCELERATOR

November 18 - 22

Invited startups and government innovators will come together to iterate on top concepts and explore opportunities for contracting and rapid acquisition. The best capabilities during the week will be awarded prizes between $5K to 25K to spur further efforts required to get the best company innovations into the hands of government users.

Have Questions?

Ready to Get Started

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.

Sign Up

Sign up now for the 2019 SmallSats Hyperspace Challenge. Simply fill out this form to apply to attend our upcoming webinars in September. 

ABOUT

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

Contact contact@hyperspacechallenge.com for more information.