15th September 2021

The Bravo Drop of the Space to Innovate Campaign is now open for proposals. This Drop focuses on solving two challenge sets:

Challenge 1: Novel sensing and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) technologies

This challenge seeks to develop technologies and demonstrations of novel sensing modes for the space domain for military and intelligence applications; both space-to-ground and space-to-space.

Novel modes in this context could include, but are not limited to:

  • non-traditional space sensing bands (e.g. ultraviolet)
  • gravimetric imaging of the space environment
  • sparse aperture imaging technologies and processing
  • use of novel materials (e.g. meta-materials or graphene) for space sensing applications

Challenge 2: Novel approaches to significantly improve signal-to-noise performance of space-related communications, sensing, identification or tracking capabilities for use in Defence and/or Security applications.

This challenge seeks to identify novel technologies, techniques, processes or algorithms that offer improvements to the overall signal-to-noise characteristics of electromagnetic systems used for Defence and/or Security space domain applications.

DASA is interested in such methods for enhancing the performance of systems such as electro-optical, infra-red or radio frequency systems for communications, Earth Observation or space domain awareness (SDA) applications. Areas for consideration may include (as examples, but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • novel technologies to support, or be applied to, either ground-based or on-orbit capabilities: these could apply to space-to-space, ground-to-space and / or space-to-ground segments
  • exploration of novel signal processing algorithms and techniques to acquire (and exploit) improved signal response or a reduction in noise performance
  • novel hardware and / or software technologies and processes to enhance signal detection and / or data collection performance of imaging, sensing or communications
  • exploration of novel radio frequency (RF) systems to detect, monitor or communicate with space objects in any / all orbital regimes

If you think your business has the solution to either of these challenges, submit a proposal now at GOV.UK.

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