The Space Force endorses partnerships with companies in the private space industry

Space technology companies strive to get investment to fund their research and development. Most corporations rely on public investment rounds that open up the company shares to investors interested in becoming shareholders. Usually, the companies conduct several funding stages to attain certain investments that enable them to advance their products. A few organizations raise their total funding from the investment rounds. Every corporation that develops space technologies aims to partner with state government-owned institutions and agencies that access more funding from national budgets released annually. Receiving investments during every fiscal year assures the companies adequate support to maintain and expand their operations. Partnering with state agencies grants companies access to information and expertise that improves their product development. 

Collaborating with government-controlled space agencies provides organizations with free certification procedures for their space assets, such as launch vehicles, spacecraft, and satellites. Without partnerships, space companies pay for mandatory inspection services. Space launch missions require approval from state certifications to ensure that their launch vehicles and rockets adhere to the space industry standards. 

Companies in the space industry aim to bring on board the United States Space Force as a partner or potential customer. However, the Pentagon’s contracting process is a deterrent to space tech development companies that plan to sell their products to the US military. Space Force officials acknowledged the challenges in awarding contracts to private companies; the plan is to encourage suppliers that develop and deploy cutting-edge space technologies. The representatives announced during the United States Air Force virtual conference held on September 29.

Colonel Eric Felt, the Chief Supervisor of the Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate of the US Air Force, said that the on-going space renaissance in the private sector fosters innovative space technologies that the military can use. Felt attended the AFWERX forum themed the EngageSpace event. The Air Force initiated the AFWERX program to encourage commercial organizations to develop technologies for the military and defense market. The AFWERX project selected 172 space corporations from over 800 that tendered in their request to virtually interact with potential state government buyers during the two conference days. 

The US Air Force said that the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate continues to search for companies interested in a partnership that aims to develop space products. The program plans to leverage its dual-use technologies because of limited funding allocated for science research and technological development. In conclusion, the Space Force instituted its Directorate of Space Vehicles to serve as a center for research, tech innovation, and development. The institution owns test facilities, space expertise, and capacity for technological advancement to improve the success of space launch missions.