(Denver, CO) – (Quindar Inc.) announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of $1.2M focused on automated multi-mission satellite operations to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the OpenTopic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now, Quindar will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.
"We are thrilled to begin the integration of Quindar into the Department of the Air Force at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Quindar, since its inception, has been developed with a dual-use approach in mind, designed to support commercial and U.S. government missions. Now, we have the opportunity to support the Air Force in its pursuit of rapid response and secure space. We aim to seamlessly blend multiple U.S. Air Force missions into a single operational interface through our Mission Management as a Service," stated Nate Hamet, Chief Executive Officer of Quindar.
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Quindar’s cloud-based Mission Management as a Service platform allows customers to design their constellation orbits, test their satellites in the factory with a hosted command and control system, reserve antenna time with ground-station-as-a-service providers, and automate fleet operations. For example, customers can configure Quindar to monitor for a spacecraft in “safe mode”, reserve a ground station contact, and automatically schedule a set of tasks that will recover the satellite or notify a subject matter expert off-console. The Quindar platform is capable of managing commercial and government spacecraft and provides a unified interface for operating a single satellite to a fleet regardless of the orbit, bus, or payload.
About Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Sole organization leading the planning and execution of U.S. Air Force & U.S. Space Force science & technology programs. Orchestrates a world-wide government, industry & academia coalition in the discovery, development & delivery of a wide range of revolutionary technology. Provides leading-edge warfighting capabilities keeping air, space and cyberspace forces the world's best. Employs 10,800 military, civilian and contractor personnel at 17 research sites executing an annual $4B budget. For more information, visit: www.afresearchlab.com.
The innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within AFRL. Brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. Employs approximately 215 military, civilian and contractor personnel at five hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4B budget. Since 2019, has executed 4,671 contracts worth more than $2B to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit: www.afwerx.com.