The Air Force Space Accelerator Program has opened the competition for its latest cohort of tech start-ups, offering to nurture a handful of new companies working on breakthrough technologies—in this case to address the problem of cybersecurity in the space sector.
There are eight slots available in the new cohort for contest winners, and they get a three month residency at the Colorado Springs campus of the Catalyst Space Accelerator, its director KiMar Gartman told Air Force Magazine. The program is designed to educate start-ups about how to develop and sell their technology, especially to the U.S. military. “We aim to get innovative technology into the hands of the warfighter as quickly as possible,” she said.
It’s the sixth cohort the Colorado accelerator will host to generate new technology for U.S. efforts in space, and the first to focus on cybersecurity, she said. The Colorado accelerator, launched in January 2018, is one of several run as public-private partnerships by the Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory and other Air Force elements. The others include the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles, and the Hyperspace Challenge run with ABQid in Albuquerque, N.M.