Under AFRL Contract, Leidos to Pursue ‘Mjolnir’ High Power Microwave Counter Drone System

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) directed energy directorate at Kirtland AFB, N.M., has awarded a $26 million contract to Leidos [LDOS] to develop the company’s Mjölnir high power microwave (HPM) weapon against adversary drones. Read more about Under AFRL Contract, Leidos to Pursue ‘Mjolnir’ High Power Microwave Counter Drone System

U.S. intelligence wants to track currently undetectable orbital space debris

The U.S. intelligence community — which builds and operates Earth observation and communications satellites for military or intelligence applications — is looking for solutions to the space debris problem. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), in a request for information posted Feb. 10, asks for “innovative approaches to detect and track currently undetectable orbital... Read more about U.S. intelligence wants to track currently undetectable orbital space debris

Griffiss Institute seeks teams for defense innovation program

The Griffiss Institute is looking for a few good teams – 10 to be exact – to take part in a 12-week defense innovation program that begins in May. The competition for the 10 slots is open to startups developing defense applications for artificial intelligence/machine learning, cyber, quantum, and UAS solutions with potential to improve American national security and economic competitiveness... Read more about Griffiss Institute seeks teams for defense innovation program

Air Force Research Lab to Release Solicitation for Cislunar Domain Awareness Solicitation in March

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is planning to solicit offers in March for a satellite experiment that will track space objects between geostationary orbit and the moon, Defense News reported Monday. Col. Eric Felt, director of AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate, said in a recent C4ISRNET interview that an award for the Cislunar Highway Patrol System is expected in summer ahead of a planned... Read more about Air Force Research Lab to Release Solicitation for Cislunar Domain Awareness Solicitation in March

GRIFFISS INSTITUTE SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR DEFENSE STARTUP ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

The Griffiss Institute is looking for 10 teams to take part in a 12-week defense-innovation program, The HUSTLE Defense Accelerator, beginning in May. The competition for the 10 slots is open to startups developing defense applications for artificial intelligence/machine learning, cyber, quantum, and unmanned aerial-system solutions with potential to improve national security and economic... Read more about GRIFFISS INSTITUTE SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR DEFENSE STARTUP ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Space Force soliciting industry ideas for thwarting cyber attacks

U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has directed the Space Force to identify technologies and strategies to defend the military’s satellite-based networks during a conflict. In response to that directive, the Space Systems Command last week issued a request for information on industry capabilities to combat cyber attacks and protect critical networks during wartime. Companies are asked to... Read more about Space Force soliciting industry ideas for thwarting cyber attacks

Defense Innovation Unit partners with Orbital Insight to take on satellite spoofing

The Pentagon’s innovation hub is working with industry to identify satellite spoofing operations using commercially available data. Through a new program called Harmonious Rook, the Defense Innovation Unit has partnered with geospatial intelligence company Orbital Insight to develop a platform that can detect Global Navigation Satellite System spoofing. The company announced the contract in a Feb... Read more about Defense Innovation Unit partners with Orbital Insight to take on satellite spoofing

Space Force eager to invest in debris removal projects

It’s not the job of the U.S. Space Force to clean up orbital debris. However the military wants to partner with private companies that can perform that service and help cultivate that sector of the industry, vice chief of space operations Gen. David “DT” Thompson said Feb. 10. Speaking at an AFCEA information technology event, Thompson said he frequently is asked about the growing hazards in space... Read more about Space Force eager to invest in debris removal projects

Space Force asks launch companies for insight on where the industry is going

The U.S. Space Force is polling the space launch industry as it tries to identify what companies might challenge United Launch Alliance and SpaceX when their current contracts are re-competed in 2024. “The government is identifying sources capable of providing NSSL-class launch services beginning in fiscal year 2025 and is requesting more detailed information on each provider’s capabilities... Read more about Space Force asks launch companies for insight on where the industry is going