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AFRL to Support Small Businesses Under Accelerator Program

Jeff Brody

The Air Force Research Laboratory unveiled a 12-week initiative to allow companies to offer space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance offerings to potential customers, National Defense reported Thursday.

The Catalyst Space Accelerator program is seeking to bridge subject matter experts and the U.S. military with eight small businesses to validate if their technologies will address clients’ needs. Additionally, the participants may showcase their services through a demonstration day in September.

KiMar Gartman, a program director at AFRL, said the initiative may help the participants secure contracts, federal grants or transaction authority agreements. AFRL will select the participants through various sources including conventions and social media websites.

“We try to bring in the Army, the Navy [and] other Air Force units that would have interest in the technology,” said Gartman.

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