Hyperspace Challenge is a business accelerator that forges valuable relationships between the government, startup, and university communities to accelerate innovation for the space domain. 


Introducing the Hyperspace Universities Program

Learn more about the launch of the University Research Team Accelerator program

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

Announcing: 2021 government mission needs

Registration is now open for Hyperspace Challenge’s 2021 Discovery Sessions!

Join the webinar series to meet this year’s government partners, learn more about their mission needs, and see how your technology can help!

Participants are invited to apply for the 2021 Cohort upon completion of the series.

Check back often for additional mission needs from more government innovators!

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

Rocket cargo technology for agile global logistics 

How might we support rocket delivery of emergency supplies anywhere in the world with rapid-delivery logistics packaging and processes?

Stayed tuned for additional mission needs as we gather details from more government innovators.



rapid initial orbit determination 

How might we more precisely track the trajectory of orbiting space debris by pairing new statistical methods with existing information so that we improve flight safety in space?


Smart Sensing and Machine Learning for Ground Based Remote Sensing of Satellites

How might we leverage advancements in machine learning to quickly understand the objects in space so that our guardians have better real-time awareness?



How might we use the microgravity environment in near-Earth orbit to develop both commerical and military applications and products?

Sponsors & Partners

Want to help advance innovation in space? Email to sponsor our 2021 cohort.

How it Works


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.


Aug - Sept

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 8th. You need to sign up for the webinars to receive the application details.


October - November

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 Kathy Steen to learn more.

the 2021 Hyperspace Challenge is live

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Hyperspace Challenge, launched in 2018, is a business accelerator fueled by the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Lab, in partnership with CNM Ingenuity, to support the Space Vehicles directorate and our U.S. government personnel everywhere.

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