Startups and universities selected for the Space Force Prize competition


The teams selected for the Hyperspace Challenge will present their concepts at a virtual event on December 2

WASHINGTON – A US Space Force-funded business accelerator has announced that it has selected 13 startups and 11 college teams to compete for prizes of $ 100,000.

The accelerator known as the “Hyperspace Challenge” is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and CNM Ingenuity.

The finalists were selected on the basis of the concepts they presented in several areas of space technology:

Rapid determination of the initial orbit of newly detected debris objects. The Space Force wants to augment existing optical sensors with other types of data to speed up the orbit determination process.

Intelligent detection and machine learning for ground remote sensing of space objects. As space becomes increasingly cluttered, traditional systems for tracking objects are insufficient. The Space Force wants to automate sensor tasks and data processing.

Leverage microgravity for military and commercial applications. The private sector is exploring uses of the near-Earth orbiting microgravity environment for commercial applications. The Space Force is interested in how this science could be applied to national security projects.

Cargo rocket technology for agile global logistics. The US Air Force is in the process of determining the viability and utility of using large commercial rockets for the delivery of critical cargo and for transportation. Space Force is researching technologies to drop cargoes from the rocket after reentry to serve locations where a rocket or plane cannot land, wish to develop intermodal cargo containers and rocket bay for loading and unloading fast.

Quantum detection for the localization and detection of electoral magnetic fields. Quantum sensors can provide location information in environments where GPS signals are not available and can detect electric and magnetic fields. The Space Force wants to apply these capabilities for military use.

Maintenance, assembly and manufacturing in orbit. The Space Force wants to explore the use of autonomous robotic spacecraft for inspection, repair, functional upgrades, resupply, and desorbiting in orbit.

The Hyperspace Challenge was created in 2018 and organizes annual competitions.

Startups and universities will present their concepts this year at a virtual event on December 2. said Gabe Mounce, deputy director of SpaceWERX.

Startups and selected universities:

  • Astroport Space Technologies, Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Atomionics (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • G-SPACE, INC (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • Knight Aerospace (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Lunar Outpost (Evergreen, Colorado)
  • Neutron Star Systems USA Corp. (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • O Analytics Incorporated (White Hall, West Virginia)
  • Obruta Space Solutions (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
  • Quaternion Consulting Inc (Herndon, Virginia)
  • SCOUT (Alexandria, Virginia)
  • TurnRock Labs (Seattle, Washington)
  • Varda Space Industries, Inc. (Torrance, CA)
  • Vegamx (New York, NY)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Florida)
  • New Mexico Technology (Socorro, NM)
  • Sfluor Inc. (Albany, NY)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Albany, NY)
  • Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, Texas)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Freeport, Pennsylvania)
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Utah State University (Logan, Utah)

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