DIU space director Butow: “We have the power where it make sense of leveraging and using public private partnerships to our advantage.”
One of the narratives in the report is that the United States is at risk of being displaced by China as the world's space superpower.
Three companies have received study contracts from a Defense Department agency regarding concepts for small, uncrewed space stations in low Earth orbit, although none of the awards yet fund spacecraft construction.
A group with more than 150 government and industry officials will recommend greater investments in space technology and education.
The RAND Corp. will identify commercial space technologies that the Space Force could put into use as well as the potential risks.
Technologies of interest include synthetic aperture radar, hyperspectral imaging, electro-optical imaging, infrared imaging and radio frequency sensing.
DIU received 25 proposals for the Dismounted Assured PNT System
DIU wants to 'make the process easy for companies that don't have time to answer traditional government solicitations.'
Competitors have to develop computer vision algorithms to automate the process of assessing building damage after natural disasters.
DIU: We are working with companies like Rocket Lab and Vox which are more mature as well as potentially disruptive ones like SpinLaunch.
A new report warns of China’s stealth investments in U.S space companies and the country’s coordinated public-private efforts to dominate markets.
In its quest for cutting edge commercial solutions to military problems, the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is not ignoring the talents of traditional government contractors.
Although Iceye is best known for plans to gather Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data with microsatellites, “Iceye has done and continues to do aerial SAR imagery as one of our services,” said Iceye CEO Rafal Modrzewski.
Virgin Orbit announced Nov. 16 that it has received its first launch contract for a LauncherOne mission from a Defense Department agency.
The U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a group charged with finding cutting-edge technologies to solve national security problems, is looking for space companies to provide persistent Earth observation, responsive launch capabilities and something like an Internet in space.