UK-US jointly initiate the International Space Pitch Day

The competition is called the International Space Pitch Day and is open to “space entrepreneurs” around the globe. The registration deadline is August 19,2020, 7:00 a.m. (EDT) and the proposals must be submitted by 7:00 a.m. (EDT) on September 2,2020.

UK-US jointly initiate the International Space Pitch Day
UK-US jointly initiate the International Space Pitch Day

UK-US jointly initiate the International Space Pitch Day

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced a new competition jointly organized by by U.S. and the UK. The competition is called the International Space Pitch Day and is open to “space entrepreneurs” around the globe. The registration deadline is August 19,2020, 7:00 a.m. (EDT) and the proposals must be submitted by 7:00 a.m. (EDT) on September 2,2020.

According to a report by SpaceQ, the email provided the following information:

The email said that the competition is a joint initiative by the U.S. and the U.K. and it aims to to find, fund and fast-track innovation and technology that can provide an advantage to military operations in space. The endeavour is jointly funded by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. The competition is open for entrepreneurs around the world and is delivered through the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). 

The competition seeks to find solutions to the six challenges posed by the U.S. and UK Space teams:

  1. Visualisation of key events and information for combined space operations with allies and commercial partners.
  2. Understanding current satellite systems relevant to the operations of a particular commander.
  3. Understanding the present and potential impact of space weather on users across all domains.
  4. Provision of training against realistic threats and opportunities, incorporating live data, and integrating space across multiple domains.
  5. Enabling common and user-defined operational pictures to support multi-national space domain awareness and command and control.
  6. A verification and comparison tool for Space domain awareness, which can take orbital observation data from a variety of sources and in a variety of formats and produce a single, reliable operational picture.

US$1M (approximately) is available to fund up to 15 proposals, with a maximum value of US$67k (approximately) each. The duration of each of the funded projects will be no longer than 3 months.