2019 Space Community of Interest

Independent Research & Development
Technology Interchange Meeting: 18-22 November 2019

Mark your calendars!

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the Department of Defense’s team of Space experts in November 2019!

During the week of 18-22 November 2019, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Space Community of Interest (CoI) intends to sponsor the 2019 Space Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM) at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. The invitation is open to all industry IR&D participants, including large and small businesses, as well as academia.

This engagement has broad goals to increase awareness, stimulate collaboration, and seek alignment between industry’s IR&D innovation portfolios and DoD’s high-priority science and technology needs and corresponding acquisition sustainment roadmaps. Space Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the DoD are expected to participate.

The 2019 Space CoI IR&D TIM will address the following areas of significant interest to DoD:

  • Integrate communications across the DoD to form the combat cloud
  • Layer PNT services onto every communication link
  • Develop proliferable laser communication systems
  • Develop V/W band radio frequency (RF) communications systems
  • Cognitive radio development
  • Improve situational awareness
  • Improve sensors for whole-Earth staring while maintaining/improving bogey georeferencing & track accuracy
  • Improve data fusion algorithms while maintaining/improving computing tractability and multi-source drop-out resilience
  • Improve quantification of and improvements in anti-spoofing and false alarm rejection
  • Layer PNT services onto every communication link
  • Leverage signals-of-opportunity to provide PNT
  • Develop resilient PNT capabilities
  • Develop inertial sensors and clocks
  • Improve situational awareness
  • Increase persistence
  • Improve data compression
  • Improve algorithms for collaborative collection/tasking strategies and data sharing among space, air and ground ISR
  • Space Domain Awareness (SDA) from very low LEO through cis-lunar
  • Low SWaP, proliferatable on-board sensing technologies (objects and spectrum)
  • On-board cyber protection elements
  • Algorithms for autonomous satellite response
  • Multi-object and non-Keplerian tracking algorithms
  • Reduce cost and cycle time and launch-on-demand
  • Higher performance on-orbit propulsion
  • Enable reusable launch systems
  • Improve specification and forecast of Earth/Sun environment
  • Enable real-time weather threat warning
  • Improve marine meteorology and monitoring of ocean conditions
  • Increase autonomy to reduce manning
  • Space robotic capabilities for servicing/repair
  • Heterogeneous processing and rad hard electronics
  • Deployable structures; carbon-based nanotechnology
  • Multi-agent autonomous navigation and guidance
  • Rendezvous and proximity operations
  • Ultra-high efficiency power systems (arrays, batteries, PMAD)
  • High flux electronics cooling; spacecraft thermal control
  • On-orbit propulsion; multi-mode propellants
  • Standardized and miniature components and interfaces
  • On-board adaptive planning
  • Local area imaging sensors
  • Laser survivability
  • Resiliency through space effect reconstitution and augmentation

45th SW supports second successful Falcon Heavy launch: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A lifts off from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., April 12, 2019. This flight marks the second launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket; the most powerful space vehicle flying today. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lieutenant Alex Preisser)

If you are interested in participating
Please send expression of interest to the following email address: dtic.belvoir.ecm.list.space@mail.mil.
Once we receive your expression of interest, we will send additional instructional data on how to
nominate IR&D projects. If you do not hear back from the IR&D planning team within one week,
please resend the original email.