Wallaroo Labs won a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research study contract from the U.S. Space Force to model the performance of machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms during space missions.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said DoD still has a long way to go in making its procurement process more suitable for the commercial industry
U.S. defense and intelligence agencies are eager to tap into commercial innovation, and many startup founders are eager to win government funding. The problem is the two groups often have trouble communicating.
The Space Force is one among many customers of commercial space companies, and is trying to figure out how to engage with nontraditional players such as venture-funded startups.