Denver. 17 September 2020. AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced BridgeComm as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a two-day virtual event on September 29-30.

The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

Located in Denver, BridgeComm is competing in the DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs.

“The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” stated Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge Collaboration Lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the Space ecosystem.”

The DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge strives to identify cutting-edge commercial satellite technology and uncover new payload ideas, designs, and prototypes to expand the DoD’s capabilities.

During the two-day event, BridgeComm will present on its point-to-multipoint optical communications system for resilient communications. The technology offers a communications solution with a non-gimbaled, rapidly steerable system that achieves multi-target transmit and receive connections, while significantly reducing the size of the terminal. The communications system is modular and scalable, allowing for rapid development and implementation of terminals suitable for space, air, land, and sea domains.

The EngageSpace event will feature highly engaging opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia, investors, as well as military and government leaders. The entire event is designed to transform and accelerate the industry, and enable government buyers to pursue the most promising innovative solutions to the most pressing and threatening Space scenarios.

“We are honored to have been selected for the AFWERX Space Challenge, as our goal of innovation falls in line with those of the DoD and the AFWERX Space Challenge,” said BridgeComm CEO Barry Matsumori. “Our optical communications solution offers each feature and functionality needed for simultaneous point-to-multipoint communications. It truly unlocks the capabilities needed for optical networks with tactical and strategic applications.”