Looking Out For Small Businesses

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – every day I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.

The second on-week of the On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) Accelerator proved to be incredibly informative thanks to each of the 14 subject matter experts who donated their time to speak with the cohort. The week kicked off with a wonderful briefing from our Sherpas of Booz Allen Hamilton, Toby Volz and Paul Kolodziejski. Toby explained that “We are in a new age of transformation. Given the rise of contested and congested space environment – our new space warriors need to be trained and become proficient in the execution of the art of war. This transformation is absolutely necessary in order for our continued freedom of movement and maintaining peace in space. The necessary tactics, techniques and procedures to react to their environment, assess courses of action, and then take deliberate actions are important elements of this transformation.” The Catalyst Accelerator is grateful that Booz Allen Hamilton is the Corporate Sponsor for the current OSAM Accelerator. The cohort had an unbelievable opportunity to be briefed on Intellectual Property by Yoriko Morita of Patented Integrated, US Government Data Rights by Karri Palmetier of Palmetier Law, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and the National Institution of Standards and Technology (NIST) by Steve Beaty of DevilDog Cybersecurity, and an introduction to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) by Emanuel Anton of Anton Ammar PLLC. When asked how the United States Space Force views the OSAM national initiative, the Deputy Chief Scientist for the United States Space Force, Dr. Michele Gaudreault, said “I’m really excited about the number of small companies working on OSAM technologies! With their help, these capabilities will be available when we need them.”

Alongside the cohort companies were several Commercial Sherpas during the briefing by Mike Dickey, Chief Architect for the United States Space Force. When explaining the various OSAM applications within the United States Space Force, Mr. Dickey mentioned, “The Space Force mission set is not your only customer. There are capabilities that we are going to need from this community and there are other capabilities better suited for your other customers. In the areas of maneuver, refueling, life extension, and debris removal, we see a robust commercial marketplace in the future, and we want to be buying from that commercial marketplace. Keep pushing on us and good luck to all of you going through the Catalyst Accelerator experience and with your business plans afterwards.” Maj David “Merlin” Ryan from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) explained that there are several benefits for the DoD when commercial solutions are provided to solve DoD problems. Such benefits include, leading technology access and innovation, technology is sourced faster, money is saved, adoption is accelerated, and new vendors are added to the National Security Innovation Base (NSIB). While giving a detailed introduction to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Russ Long of Long Capture highlighted the award that Analytical Space, a Catalyst Accelerator alumni company, recently won. When asked about where to find additional SBIR resources, Russ provided the following website to visit https://rt.cto.mil/rtl-small-business-resources/sbir-sttr/ .

Thank you to each of the speakers who donated their time to speak during the second on-week of the On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing Accelerator. The week wrapped up with a presentation about Facility Clearance Requirements by Douglas Cameron of FSO Source, a C4 Solutions Company. Did you know that 60% of small businesses fail within six months of an attack and the average cost for each successful attack against a small business is $100,000? Mr. Cameron explained how important it is for a small business to have personal, physical, and cyber security measures in place. Please reference the following websites for more information on Facility Clearance Requirements:

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On 30 April 2021, Neutron Star Systems was interviewed by The Space Economy about their shield and propulsion technology. Be sure to click the link below to check out at their interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO-RV4DRk-I