Accelerator program planned in New Mexico, 6 Space start-ups selected for the program
The “Soft Landing” accelerator program funded by Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Space Force
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force Research Laboratory and the United States Space Force announced on Oct. 27 that the first cohort of a new accelerator program financed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the United States Space Force has been selected.
Soft Landing is a program designed to lure space industry entrepreneurs to New Mexico, where AFRL is located. The lab has been a strong supporter of the space sector, financing accelerator programs such as Hyperspace and Catalyst Campus.
These accelerators, according to Gabe Mounce, deputy director of SpaceWERX, assist entrepreneurs to figure out how to collaborate with the federal government. He added, “We’re also making it easy for the Space Force and other government partners to learn about developing technology.”
SpaceWERX is a new Space Force agency that works with startups and small companies.
The Accelerator Program, Soft Landing
Q Station, a collaborative workspace in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is in charge of the Soft Landing program, which is funded by AFRL and the Space Force. Free workspace for a year, a paid university intern, and business support in government contracting, public relations, marketing, and finance will be provided to the companies.
The start-ups chosen are:
• Blue Eye Soft, South Carolina, specialized in developing artificial intelligence models that forecast satellite differences due to space-weather activities.
• Equatorial Space Systems, a Singapore-based firm that develops space launch services and hybrid-engine rockets.
• Leaf Space,located in Delaware, offers ground segment Solutions as a Service (SaaS).
• Neutron Star Systems, a company located in Germany, is specialized in developing an electric propulsion system for spacecraft or space vehicles.
• Rogue Space Systems, a company based in New Hampshire, is hired to develop a smart space vehicle for in-space services.
• SPiN Tech, situated in Albuquerque, designs a universal adapter for irreconcilable satellite parts to plug and play.