Space startups selected for accelerator programs in New Mexico

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The “Soft Landing” accelerator program is funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Space Force

WASHINGTON – A new accelerator program funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Space Force announced on October 27 that it has selected six US and international startups for its first cohort.

The program called “Soft Landing” was created to attract start-up space companies to New Mexico, where the AFRL is based. The lab has actively supported and sponsored the space industry Hyperspace and Catalyst Campus accelerator program.

Gabe Mounce, deputy director of SpaceWERX, said these accelerators help companies figure out how to work with the federal government. “And we’re making it easier for space forces and other government partners to learn about emerging technologies,” he said.

SpaceWERX is a new Space Force organization that works with small businesses and startups.

The Soft Landing program is operated by Q Station, a collaborative workplace in Albuquerque, New Mexico, supported by the AFRL and the Space Force. Companies get free workspace for one year; a paid university intern; and business assistance in government contracting, public relations, marketing and finance.

Selected startups:

Blue eyes soft, based in South Carolina, is developing artificial intelligence models that predict satellite anomalies due to space weather.

Equatorial space systems, based in Singapore, develops hybrid engine rockets and space launch services.

Leaf Space, based in Delaware, provides ground segment solutions as a service.

Neutron Star Systems, based in Germany, is developing an electric propulsion system for space vehicles.

Rogue Space Systems, based in New Hampshire, is developing a smart spacecraft for space services.

SPiN Tech, based in Albuquerque, makes a universal adapter for incompatible satellite components for plug-and-play.

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