International Space Awareness Demonstration Day

International Space Awareness Cohort

Catalyst Accelerator

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On November 3, 2022, eight companies concluded their 3-month journey with Catalyst Accelerator with an onsite demo day at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (CCTI). This event brought together over 125 subject matter experts from the community. In attendance were Air Force, Space Force, and other government personnel, subject matter experts from industry leaders, investors assessing the potential of cohort company technologies, and people curious to know where the United States is heading with space technology.

The International Space Awareness Cohort was the tenth accelerator facilitated by CCTI. The cohort was chosen for its technology and business readiness from a pool of over 35 companies and began its Accelerator experience on August 9, 2022. The problem statement focused on how the United States Space Force, its friends and its allies could introduce trade capabilities. to its mission environment for international space domain awareness and spaceflight safety. Mo Kanwischer, Founder and Principal Consultant of Momentum Business Consulting, explained, “The first international Catalyst Accelerator cohort has proven that small businesses with expertise in space domain awareness must and will work collaboratively to deliver comprehensive solutions and robust for the global space regime. These companies are already working with each other and will no doubt engage with American companies to serve the US Space Force and US Air Force as well as other government agencies with world-class solutions to protect and defend critical interests on earth and in space.

During the Accelerator, companies were guided by the following subject matter experts: Government Sherpas and end users, which gave them a better understanding of government space requirements; business experts, helping them pivot their technology and business posture to position themselves well in the government market; and Commercial Sherpas (Microsoft, ManTech, Deloitte, Leidos and DSoft), helping them enter the government arena with advice, consultation and introductions from key contacts in the government and commercial sectors. “Supporting the International Space Domain Awareness cohort and ongoing Catalyst Accelerator program is a critical part of Microsoft’s efforts to empower startups and bring innovation to meet space mission challenges for the United States and our allied partners.” , said Gregg Walsh, head of business development at Microsoft.

Demo Day was the culmination of the International Space Domain Awareness Accelerator. The event was sponsored by ONE Dev LLC, a subsidiary of The O’Neil Group Company, and was the end product of the cohort’s diligence, reinventing their technology, changing their business model to accommodate the new client – Space for the US Government. After hearing from Captain Jake Singleton and Wing Commander Harrison at the start of the event, each company in the cohort gave a brief presentation on their technology before attendees had the opportunity to connect one-on-one with the small businesses. KiMar Gartman, Catalyst Accelerator Program Director, said, “It was an honor to host the International Space Awareness Cohort this fall. The eight companies presented exceptional and innovative technologies during their demo day, as well as an overview of how their technologies fit together. to provide the US government with a complete solution. The energy was palpable during their pitches, and I’m thrilled to see these companies moving forward with the traction they’ve gained during the accelerator. Rob Patterson, President of Business Development at ONE Dev LLC, echoed that sentiment when he said, “I’ve enjoyed getting to know this set of talented and capability-rich companies, with their unique contributions to the SDA mission. I wish them all the best.”

Cohort companies included

astrosite (Sydney, NSW, Australia) uses advanced high-speed optical sensors and AI to quickly deliver new insights into the space domain. Their neuromorphic sensors combined with advanced AI techniques create unique data and insights for SDA and EO applications. The system is low powered and only produces relevant data that allows their proprietary algorithms to quickly produce unique insights from the ground or in space. Astrosite solutions make it possible to design a global network of agile sensors that can be redeployed in 24 hours. The system provides synchronized microsecond resolution over a network and creates digital fingerprints of resident space objects, these advanced characterizations

Limited clutch space systems (Guildford, UK) is leading the revolution for the next generation of spacecraft operations in low Earth orbit, with persistent connectivity and real-time situational awareness for tangible improvements in efficiency and reliability. usefulness of the mission. They provide global coverage through their network of micro-stations on the ground, each with a simultaneous capacity of twenty satellites, for telemetry, tracking and control, and for the position and attitude of the situation of spacecraft in real time.

HEO Robotics (Sydney, Australia) is on a mission to image anything in the solar system on demand. They provide resolved imagery and analysis of space objects to governments and commercial satellite operators that provide essential information, such as object identification, satellite damage assessment, and more. To do this, they use their fly-by inspection technique, where they use Earth observation satellites during their downtime to image other space objects as they fly overhead. They have 33 satellites they have access to today and are building towards 2,500 cameras to provide ubiquitous, on-demand coverage of all Earth orbits.

Katalyst Space Technologies (Flagstaff, Arizona) develops modular spacecraft designs and mission architectures that interact with on-orbit robotics to increase mission responsiveness and flexibility. Katalyst’s mission is to advance innovations with in-space servicing and assembly while solving existing problems such as space congestion and space traffic management. Katalyst’s retrofittable SDA module is designed to noninvasively attach to spacecraft without prepared interfaces to provide local awareness. The project plans to launch a demonstration mission in May 2024. Katalyst is also developing automated software for use with existing SDA infrastructure like ground and space sensors to characterize resident space objects for space, size and attitude.

LMO (Luxembourg) uses sensors and artificial intelligence to improve spatial domain awareness. Their vision is to allow satellites to see and operate autonomously in space. By combining sensors and artificial intelligence, they offer satellites the ability to autonomously understand their environment in real time and act accordingly. By identifying, characterizing and understanding the movement of other objects, they enable autonomous space surveillance, in-orbit services and threat detection to thrive in a secure and sustainable space economy.

Lumi space (Yateley, UK) enables sustainable space activity for future generations with accurate space monitoring data. They deploy a global network of ground systems for satellite tracking, including satellite laser ranging (SLR). By accurately measuring the position of orbiting satellites, they can predict their trajectories more accurately than existing methods. In doing so, they are key to minimizing the uncertainty of collision warnings and enabling exciting new space applications. They see data uncertainty as the greatest risk to global space activity and a significant limiting factor for many new space ventures (active debris removal, in-space manufacturing, rendezvous and outreach operations, for to name a few).

Metrea mission data (Lincoln, UK; Washington, DC) goes beyond sensors, terminals and platforms to prioritize data in C4ISR mission effects. They combine deep operational ISR experience with mission-focused engineering across tactical data links, complex data analytics and information assurance to create adaptive solutions for multi-domain clients. Their unique LASSO (Low Earth Orbit Airborne Space Surveillance Operations) software optimizes traditional EO/IR camera systems for the detection, tracking, imaging and classification of resident space objects. LASSO offers an innovative solution for space domain awareness that can be quickly redesigned and networked into a groundbreaking global system for the space sector.

Defense of Silentium (Adelaide, Australia) is a world leader in the design and deployment of passive radar systems for tactical and strategic surveillance scenarios. Disruptive technology, designed and developed in Australia, their unique situational awareness solutions enable customers to detect without compromise and act with confidence in the maritime, air, land and space domains. Their S-Series MAVERICK sensors offer the ability to persistently track objects over a wide arc of space, providing accurate and independent data for space traffic management. In an increasingly crowded field, MAVERICK’s S-Series provides the world’s unique and cost-effective space surveillance data. Silentium Defense is on a mission to change the way the world does surveillance and help keep people, places and critical assets safe.

About Catalyst Accelerator

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and United States Space Force’s Catalyst Accelerator is a NewSpace-focused national security and defense industry accelerator, headquartered on the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (CCTI , a Colorado 501(c)3) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CCTI is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, entrepreneurs, startups, government, academia and investors intersect with Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry to build community, drive innovation and stimulate business growth.


CONTACT: KiMar Gartman Catalyst Accelerator Program Director 719-394-0606 [email protected]