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

2021 Hyperspace Summit

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, Hyperspace Challenge announced the winners of the pitch competition for the 2021 finalists! 

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

Congratulations to our Hyperspace Challenge winners!

Access all of the pitches and see our winners!


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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How it Works


July - 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 in early September. 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

the 2021 Hyperspace Challenge is live

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2021 Mission Needs

Space Debris


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 Space Objects

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?

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?

Sponsors & Partners

Want to help advance innovation in space? Email to sponsor our 2022 cohort.

Ready to Get Started

Universities Program

Connect with commercial and federal networks for partnerships that last.

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

Startups Cohort

Collaborate with government innovators to develop your technology.

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

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.

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