Hyperspace Challenge forges valuable relationships between the government and industry to accelerate innovation for the space domain. 

How might we accelerate adoption of trusted autonomous solutions for space?

Welcome to the Hyperspace Challenge for Fall 2023

The Hyperspace Challenge accelerator connects business teams to government innovators to strengthen the exchange of innovation between industry and government agencies.  

Historically, Hyperspace Challenge has focused mainly on breaking down the barriers of entry for small businesses wishing to do business with the Department of Defense. This year, however, we are doing things a little differently. We will still be breaking down barriers, but, by partnering with Space Rapid Capabilities Office we’ve opened the door to companies with existing, mature technologies that could streamline the design, development, and deployment of a solution within the next few years.

In other words, 2023 is the first year Hyperspace Challenge is scouting for later stage companies that have innovative solutions to our problem set and a solution with a TRL level of 6 and above. Fit the bill? Consider this an invitation to apply!

How Hyperspace Challenge Works:

Many technologies beyond the traditional space and aerospace domains will be needed as our journey into space advances. Hyperspace Challenge engages those technologies from a wide spectrum of sectors.

1. Learn about this year’s problem statement 

View the problem statement

2. Register to view the Ask Me Anything webinars before Sept 7 

To begin each Hyperspace Challenge cycle, we hold a series of webinars called Ask Me Anything (AMA). During these virtual gatherings, government innovators from the Space Rapid Capabilities Office share their needs and fulfillment challenges. Before a team applies for the cohort program, we require participation in these online sessions so that teams can determine if a technology or research idea provides a solution to mission needs and if it might need to be further developed. Recordings will be available around August 21 and shared with those who complete the interest form. 

3. Review and apply to be part of the cohort

After the webinar series, teams develop applications explaining how research responds to specific mission needs. Those who have signed up for the webinars will receive a link around August 24. 

Application deadline is Friday, September 8 at 8am Mountain.

If selected as a finalist, the team is then asked to attend a series of onboarding and educational webinars.

4. Participate in the Accelerator Week

As a final stage of the accelerator, selected teams will participate in the annual three-day Hyperspace Accelerator Week: November 1 – 3, 2023. During this in-person portion of the program, teams interact with government sponsors and customers to illustrate how a team’s capabilities fit mission needs.

Would you like to sponsor this event? Let us know by filling out the Sponsor Interest Form.

Have Questions?


Hyperspace Challenge, launched in 2018, is a business accelerator fueled by the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Lab, in partnership with CNM Ingenuity, to support the Space Vehicles directorate and our U.S. government personnel everywhere.

For more information, reach us at [email protected]

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