At a virtual pitch event Aug. 19, the U.S. Space Force selected 19 companies that each will receive $1.7 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase 2 contracts.
The most recent data from the Small Business Administration reveals that NASA provides $2.8 billion per year directly to small businesses, with another $3 billion subcontracted through larger companies.
It’s difficult to gauge the impact of the novel coronavirus on small space companies because no one knows how long the pandemic will last. “Uncertainty is really the killer here,” said Space Angels CEO Chad Anderson.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the SmallSat Alliance have asked the SBA to change how it defines a small business.
Source selections for national security space launch, ground based strategic deterrent remain on track
A $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research award was matched by $1.5 million from ATX Venture Partners and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund.
SMC Commander Thompson: 'It's definitely a priority for us to keep those innovative small companies in play."
On the wish list for the next round of SBIR bids are technologies for operations far beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit, near the moon's orbit.
Thornberry is proposing legislation that would make it easier for startups like Capella Space to continue to get private funding and compete for DoD small business awards.
Small businesses are the backbone of the defense industrial base. So why do government contracting methods sometimes harm, rather than help, small businesses?