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DASA Competition Launch - Space to Innovate

ON behalf of the DSTL's Space Programme, DASA is excited to launch our latest competition seeking innovative ideas that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies. We are looking for innovative solutions that can address a series of challenges released in “drops” throughout 2021 and 2022.

Bids may vary from £125k to £400k, with project durations of 6-18 months, and are expected to achieve at least TRL 3 by the end of contract but can potentially reach up to TRL 6 in later drops. Solutions currently at or above TRL 6 in a civilian environment may be eligible for funding where the technology requires development to operate in a Defence and Security environment (potentially lowering the TRL).The Challenges in this alpha drop are:

  1. Visualisation tools to enable space operators to exploit information gathered from multiple data sources
  2. Novel methods for characterising objects in space and their intent

(The 2nd challenge drop will address challenges focusing on ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) and SSA (Space Situational Awareness)).

Further details are here

Key Dates
Virtual ‘Your Questions Answered’ webinar Event 29th June 2021 10.30 am - Register here
A Pre bookable 15minute 1-1 telecom sessions to discuss your specific idea in confidence with the customer. Register here on either 6 July 2021 or 14 July 2021
Competition closes : midday 4 August 2021

And some other non DASA opportunities:  
LaunchUK Nanosat design competition
A competition will be launched encouraging young people (16+) to design a satellite, with a £600k prize up for grabs. Details here.
Nuclear Industry Challenge
Gamechangers are currently seeking solutions to challenges associated with remotely operated vehicles in ponds. Closing date Friday 30th July Further details here.

If you have any questions on any of the above, please get in touch. If you feel you have a project which aligns with the new competition, I recommend booking a 1-1 as detailed above. Please note DASA are also seeking proposals for novel ideas in the security sector, and you can see info on this and all our other live funding competitions here,

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