The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Space Programme is seeking proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies.
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 29th Jun 2021
Closes: 4th Aug 2021
The Dstl Space Programme is launching this Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) campaign to attract novel technological solutions from a broad range of innovators in order to alleviate some of the UK’s Defence and Security space challenges.
The space environment is becoming increasingly congested and contested. Satellites are becoming smaller and are being launched more frequently. This creates many challenges as well as opportunities for Defence and Security.
The objective of this campaign is to fund research into space technologies that may not otherwise be developed within the civil space industry. This will address a set of specific problems in the space domain, as outlined in the campaign challenges.
Funded projects are expected to achieve at least Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 (proof-of-concept) by the end of contract but can potentially reach up to TRL 6 (demonstration in a relevant environment) 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).
DASA welcome proposals from across the full range of innovators including academia, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies, from both the UK and overseas. DASA also welcome joint bids which bring together the strength of different industrial or academic partners.
The campaign is open to innovators from both the existing space sector and those who have not traditionally worked in this domain. Previous experience of Defence and Security work is not a requirement.
This competition has 2 challenge areas.
Challenge 1: Visualisation tools to enable space operators to exploit information gathered from multiple data sources.
Challenge 2: Novel methods for characterising objects in space and their intent.
For further information on these challenges click here
DASA want novel ideas to benefit users working in UK Defence and Security. Your proposal should include evidence of:
For this drop DASA are not interested in proposals that:
For space-specific aspects, DASA are not interested in:
The amount available for this campaign up to 31 March 2023 is expected to be up to £2m. This “campaign” approach enables varied contract values and durations to be undertaken as part of the competition, which provides larger and longer contracts for more mature technologies, whilst also enabling less mature innovations to be explored. The enduring campaign approach demonstrates Dstl’s ongoing commitment to funding and supporting space technology innovators.
The value of these contracts shall vary from £125k to £400k, with durations of 6 months to 18 months, with the most appropriate category decided by those submitting proposals. This concept then enables a cycle of new innovative ideas to be contracted as well as maturing existing technologies to a higher level.