In search of next-generation space technologies: DASA launches Space to Innovate campaign
The space domain, which includes satellites and space services, is vital to modern life, enabling a range of civil and military activities. Any form of disruption to UK space capabilities, whether natural or intentional, can seriously disrupt UK prosperity.
To promote space resilience and operational efficiency, the Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) space program to launch the Space to Innovate campaign.
The Space to Innovate campaign seeks proposals that can maintain the UK’s freedom of action in space by developing future space technologies that enhance and protect the military and civilian potential of space.
The campaign format is unique from other DASA competitions and includes space-related challenges that will drop in “drops” throughout 2021 and 2022. These challenge drops follow the release of previous completions on the DASA space theme, including Space to Innovate Phase 1 and the International Space Pitch Day.
The first drop challenge, called “Alpha challenge drop” in the Space to innovate campaign, is now open to proposals! This drop challenge focuses on two challenges:
- Challenge 1: Visualization tools to enable space operators to leverage information collected from multiple data sources
- Challenge 2: New methods of characterizing objects in space and their intention Do you think you have the solution? View the full competition document and submit your idea.
When does the Alpha Challenge start and what funding is available?
The Alpha Challenge remittance is now open and ends for proposals on August 4, 2021. The value of the individual contracts offered throughout the Space to Innovate campaign will be £ 125,000 to £ 400,000, with the duration of the contracts to be from 6 months to 18 months. The amount of funding available for the entire Space to Innovate campaign is expected to be £ 2million, with the campaign ending March 31, 2023.
The second Bravo challenge will focus on challenges focused on ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and SSA (Space Situational Awareness).
What are the benefits of the DASA campaign and scrolling format?
This campaign approach allows for greater variation in the values and durations of contracts to be issued by DASA, which provides larger and longer contracts for more mature technologies, while also allowing less mature innovations to be explored.
Overall, the advantage of the campaign and repository concept is that it helps to contract a cycle of new, innovative ideas as well as mature existing technologies to the next level.
Alpha drop challenges
Challenge 1: Visualization tools to enable space operators to leverage information collected from multiple data sources
For challenge 1, DASA is looking for new solutions that could help solve problems such as:
- improve situational awareness around a target
- understand and monitor maneuvers and changes of objects in orbit
- streamline ingestion issues with multiple data sources and different naming conventions
- use machine learning to improve our understanding and interrogation of the data presented and make sense of the results
- visualize uncertainty in data
Challenge 2: New methods to characterize objects in space and their intention
For challenge 2, DASA is looking for new solutions that could help solve problems such as:
- detect state changes and predict future changes
- exploit non-traditional sensor configurations, including bi- or multistatic configurations and reallocation of existing installations
- technologies that allow the resolution of individual features on an observed satellite, by inferring information about payloads
- observe the interaction and cooperation between forming satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) or geostationary earth orbit (GEO)
- satellite overflight warning of Earth observation missions mainly in LEO
- asset protection of high-value satellites operating in GEO For more information, read the full competition document.
Do you have the solution? Submit a proposal now!
The closing date for proposals for the Alpha drop challenge is August 4, 2021. Click here for the full document and submit your idea!