September 16, 2021

Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory, North Logan, Utah, has been awarded a $50,000,000 ceiling contract for Aerospace Dominance Systems Support. This contract provides for research, development, analysis, and engineering support for the development and modernization of Department of Defense systems. Work will be performed in North Logan, Utah, and is expected to be completed by September 16, 2027. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 3400 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $850,955 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8218-21-D-0004).

July 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
New York-based Intelligent Artifacts has created groundbreaking artificial intelligence software for mission-critical navigation systems, sensor fusion and machine vision applications for use across the aerospace, defense, automotive and emergency response industries. Credit: Intelligent Artifacts

Entrepreneurs are leading advances in artificial intelligence, chip-level Internet of Things cybersecurity, and satellite capabilities. In 10-minute intervals, representatives from five startup companies pitched these emerging aerospace-related technologies during Starburst Accelerator’s virtual Los Angeles Selection Committee meeting on July 14. The entrepreneurs are vying for partnership agreements, venture capitalist seed funding and a chance to join Starburst's Accelerator program. Headquartered in Paris, with offices in Los Angeles, Singapore, Munich, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Seoul and Mumbai, Starburst has been uniting startups and investors in the aerospace industry for the past eight years.

June 24, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Kurs Orbital is integrating its established rendezvous and docking technology with computer vision, radar capabilities and robotics to create an on-orbit servicing spacecraft fleet for satellites in different orbits. Credit: Kurs Orbital

Entrepreneurs pushing the edge of technological advancement are offering solutions in technical data management software, decentralized identity, aircraft digital parking assistance, spacecraft on-orbit servicing and travel technology. In 10-minute intervals, company representatives pitched their emerging, aerospace-related technologies at Starburst Accelerator’s Paris Selection Committee meeting on June 23, which was held virtually.

August 26, 2020

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, has been awarded a $7,953,698 cost-reimbursement contract for research in the area of developing capabilities to predict performance of aerospace materials in the manufacturing environment as well as when subjugated to extreme thermomechanical influences. Work will be performed in Storrs, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by November 7, 2023. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-20-C-5206).

July 13, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Latest from startups presenting during Starburst Accelerator's U.S. Selection Committee offer innovative aerospace technology, including a new imaging sensor from Owl Autonomous Systems. Credit: Owl Autonomous Systems.

Entrepreneurs developing lightweight propulsion systems for satellites, cybersecurity for Linux, wireless power and a blockchain application for secure part procurement, among other emerging technologies, presented their technologies to investors, the military and industry. In 10-minute intervals, the company representatives pitched their early stage, aerospace-related technologies at Starburst Accelerator’s third U.S. Virtual Selection Committee meeting on July 9th, which was held virtually. Headquartered in Paris, Starburst's U.S. team brought in the eight hopeful companies, all vying for partnership agreements, venture capitalist funding and a chance to join Starburst's Accelerator Program.

April 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The new technology from Veracity Protocol, called Physical Code, provides authentication of a physical object, based on the object's material structure using a cellphone camera. "It is a new standard of trust for physical objects," says the company's founder Jakub Krcmar.

A group of entrepreneurs presented their nascent products and discoveries during a virtual pitch meeting on April 8 held as part of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator’s latest Selection Committee event. Headquartered in Paris, Starburst's U.S. team brought in 10 hopeful companies, all vying for partnership agreements, venture capitalist funding and a chance to join Starburst's Accelerator Program. The event pairs the startups with potentially interested corporations, investors and government agencies. The startups’ prospective products, which range in level of technical readiness, cut across all aspects of aerospace, from power generation to launch platforms, satellite-enabled connectivity and autonomous aerial vehicles.

January 11, 2019

The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $22,000,000 modification (P00006) to contract FA8802-19-C-0001. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2019. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,073,818,540. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity. The Aerospace Corp. is a federally funded research and development center, and the only one which focuses on space.

October 12, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
At the recent Starburst Aerospace Accelerator event held at MITRE Corp., innovators presented emerging technologies for aerospace and military applications. One startup company, San Francisco-based Elroy Air, is developing an autonomous aerial cargo aircraft system that can carry 200-500 lbs of payload by air over a range of 300 miles.

Innovative pioneers looking to bring their ideas and concepts to reality are pushing the edge of aerospace capabilities. In some cases, the technologies are the result of university research, while others come from markets outside of defense. The entrepreneurs purport that their technologies will be, if not groundbreaking, useful and more efficient. The entrepreneurs presented their nascent products and discoveries at a pitch meeting hosted by The MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia on October 11 as part of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator’s annual East Coast Selection Committee event.

September 15, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Throughout time, humans have explored their surroundings, crossing oceans and landmasses in pursuit of knowledge and glory. This thirst for knowledge also turned eyes skyward, causing the curious to try to understand the vastness of existence around the planet Earth. As technology advanced, the desire to venture into the cosmos became increasingly possible, until man walked on the moon and equipment traveled much farther away. Fortunately for those who are still on terra firma, gathering information about the universe is much easier than launching on a rocket ship. People can learn and discover more about deep space through adventures in cyberspace without the need for oxygen tanks or special suits.

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"These materials and electronics ... have the potential to increase the performance and useful life of the next generation of satellites and launch systems."-Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF, director of the Space Test Program and commander, Space Development Group at the Space Development and Test Wing

For more of Col. Hargis' thoughts, read the full article, available online now at SIGNAL Online.

November 12, 2008
By Katie Packard

Aerospace Corporation is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for $797 million. This action will provide acquisition of scientific, engineering and technical support for the federally funded research and development center (Aerospace Corp.), which supports the U.S. Air Force and other U.S. Defense Department.

June 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman


A U.S. Air Force sensor management analyst at the Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, verifies the accuracy of a tracking station’s observations of several artificial objects orbiting the Earth. Tracking orbital objects and determining their purpose has become more vital as a growing number of nations challenge U.S. capabilities in space.

September 2008
By Adam Baddeley

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

The French-led Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) program will produce Europe’s first combat-aircraft-size stealth platform.
Multinational unmanned aircraft effort seeks to showcase advanced technologies, lay foundation for future systems.

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

Developed for the Czech army, the Sojka III unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a tactical reconnaissance platform designed to serve echelons at or above battalion level. The aircraft can be assembled in the field quickly and launched with a rocket assist.
Czech program highlights contributions to European unmanned aircraft development.

October 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

The race is on to make travel through the solar system routine.

Imagine being able to fly from planet to planet at a cost and safety level comparable to today’s flights from continent to continent. Work currently being conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could make this a reality for future generations.

October 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

System measures fighter’s electronic defenses against variety of real-world threats.

A powerful computer that generates thousands of radar signals is being used to test the electronic warfare suite on the F-22 Raptor. The device pushes the aircraft’s countermeasure package to the breaking point, allowing engineers to locate, analyze and repair faults in the system prior to installation.

October 2000
By Christian B. Sheehy

Communications connectivity remains a high command and control priority.

Over the past decade, downsizing in the U.S. Air Force has refocused the service’s goals on the efficiency, readiness and maximization of manpower and resources within a tighter budget. Restructuring the organization’s planning and allocation systems under a new program will ensure that the challenges of a rapidly changing global defense picture will continue to be met.