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Total funding available for this competition is £1 million.
Competition closes on Tuesday 6 January 2015 at 5pm.
This CDE themed competition seeks proof-of-concept research proposals for novel technologies that could lead to a step change in UK military space-based capability or substantially reduce the cost of the systems.
This competition will fund exploratory studies and demonstrations to develop concepts and technologies required for delivering a UK space-based military capability. A smaller number of successful projects will be taken forward for further development.
Areas of particular interest include:
technologies providing wide-area surveillance combined with ways of detecting small objects of interest
technologies providing very frequent or persistent coverage to observe short-lived events
methods for detecting concealed objects
technologies to provide secure communications using hand-held terminals from hard-to-reach locations
secure use of existing commercial space infrastructures
We’re also interested in reducing build and operating costs. Cost reduction should be achieved without reducing reliability or assurance of systems. We’d particularly welcome proposals that investigate the use of:
novel platform technologies, including on-orbit propulsion and power systems, but excluding launch
novel payload technologies, including deployable structures