The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme and UK Space Agency (UKSA) are working together with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), to launch the Bravo Drop of the Space to Innovate Campaign.
They are seeking proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies. They are looking for innovative solutions that can address a series of challenges released in ‘drops’ throughout 2021 and 2022.
These challenges follow the output of various space themed activities; including Space to Innovate Phase 1 and the International Space Pitch Day. Bravo Drop follows on from the first challenge drop, Alpha Drop, which launched earlier this year and is expected to have contracts awarded in autumn 2021.
The campaign feeds directly into Scotland’s strengths around sensing, earth observation, signal processing and communications. There are two challenges:
1. Novel sensing and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) technologies.
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.
The amount available, up to 31 July 2023, is expected to be up to £2m. The value of these contracts will vary from £125k to £400k, with durations of 6 months to 18 months, with the most appropriate category decided by those submitting proposals.