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DIU Seeking Novel Responsive Space Delivery

Encourage readers to check out a recent Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) project solution request entitled “Novel Responsive Space Delivery”. The problem to be addressed reads “The ability to rapidly…

DIU Seeking Novel Responsive Space Delivery

DIU Seeking Novel Responsive Space Delivery
Bill Kobren

Encourage readers to check out a recent Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) project solution request entitled “Novel Responsive Space Delivery”.

The problem to be addressed reads “The ability to rapidly re-constitute space-based capabilities or re-supply payloads or cargo at precise locations for time-sensitive logistics (in-space or terrestrially) is a critical but presently non-existent capability that contributes to sustained U.S. economic leadership in space and builds an enduring advantage that may be leveraged during times of crisis or conflict. With the emergence of in-space manufacturing and accelerated growth of both manned and unmanned orbital destinations requiring logistics support, there is a need to deliver/return payloads and cargo accurately, safely and on-demand. Sustaining isolated or remote platforms or teams of people affordably and at scale additionally requires evaluation of emerging technology solutions that potentially satisfy commercial, civil and national security needs.”

The desired solution includes, “…the Department of Defense (DoD) seeks novel commercial solutions that enable responsive and precise point-to-point delivery of cargo to, from, and through space. Doing so in a cost-effective manner at scale requires solutions that leverage reusable or serviceable technologies to move a wide variety of cargo where it is needed, when it is needed. Awarded companies will prototype autonomous delivery for one or more of three distinct modalities: from Earth to a mission-designed orbit or trajectory in space, orbital return from space to the Earth to a precise point of recovery, and through space from one orbit to another.” Whether on land, sea, air, or space, logistics and product support remain key components of our defense capabilities!

For additional information, see a related blog post from our program management colleagues entitled “DoD Looking for Solutions to Deliver Cargo “To, From, and Through Space”.