Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, was nominated by President Biden to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
Relativity Space was selected to launch a small U.S. military payload to orbit in 2023 using a 3D-printed rocket.
DoD has to transition to a space architecture that takes advantage of emerging technologies, Steve Butow, director of the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, said at the SmallSat Symposium.
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.