dates:august 23 - november 19


How might the United States Space Force (USSF) leverage modeling and simulation to improve operator training, system design, acquisition, architecture resilience, and operations?


Modeling and simulation (M&S) is a key enabler of warfighting capabilities. It helps to save lives, save taxpayer dollars, and improve operational readiness. 

For acquisition and system design, M&S is intended to provide readily available, operationally valid environments approved by warfighters to explore concepts and refine capability requirements in preparation for field experimentation. M&S tools are used that accurately capture current and future Joint and Service capabilities, doctrine, and tactics.

Training is one of the most employed M&S applications, but there are many other ways that M&S enables USSF functions. In particular, M&S is used to analyze and inform decisions in acquiring new capabilities, adopting new tactics, processing intelligence, and testing systems before they are put into the hands of our fighting forces.

M&S will guide investment strategy and provide insight into future technology needs and capabilities within the context of warfighting needs and capabilities. It drives design of physical experiments along with associated reference architectures and CONOPS that apply candidate technologies and demonstrate their effective use for solving military challenges.

Topics of Interest

  • Multi-domain operations
  • Fuse and analyze multiple data sources
  • Produce sophisticated picture of the battlespace environment
  • Wargaming
  • System design
  • Realistic space operator training
  • Tactical ISR of agile and intelligent targets
  • Space domain awareness
  • Tactical missile warning.
  • Experiment design

Key Activities

June 08, 2021

Applications Open

June 28, 2021

Ask Me Anything Session

2:30 – 3:30 PM MT

  • Watch Recording HERE

July 12, 2021

Applications Close

August 2-4, 2021

Applicant Pitch Days

August 22, 2021

Networking LUAU

August 23, 2021


November 18, 2021

Demo Day

November 19, 2021

Final Day


Awayr A.I. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) combines expertise in machine learning, human factors and cyber security, to solve difficult problems at the frontier of human machine interaction, cyber security and human machine interface design and optimization. For human machine interface design and performance, they provide quantitative analysis of operator efficiency and quality of operator – HMI interaction. For HMI design and optimization, they develop predictive AI that can run simulations for operator – interface interaction, to understand the efficacy of designs and updates prior to fielding. In their cyber division, they are working with NIST to implement a new standard in security awareness testing and training, with implications for the implementation of CMMC.

Embeddetech, Inc. (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Virtuoso and Montage provide no-code and digital economy infrastructure, respectively, creating a momentous leap forward in composable software development workflows. These platforms provide superior benefits to a wide range of diverse markets and technology categories, including modeling & simulation, digital twin, digital transformation, DevSecOps, RPA, IoT and Enterprise Integration, and much more. Virtuoso and Montage create a completely new paradigm for how software solutions with complex requirements can be effortlessly composed.

GridRaster Inc. (Mountain View, California) is building the most advanced open, modular, scalable, vendor agnostic cloud based XR infrastructure for ultra-realistic simulations and training on commercially available devices. It combines the best of gaming technologies/concepts with traditional simulator capabilities in XR by leveraging distributed cloud computing, 3D Artificial intelligence and DevSecOps based agile deployment and operation to deliver a ubiquitous, on-demand and immersive training system for agile joint multi-mission aviation operations.

Improbable LLC (Arlington, Virginia) brings clarity to complexity for customers harnessing the growing power of synthetic environments. Their world-class team of experts and software platform is expanding the performance envelope for commercial games made in the US, UK and Canada, and synthetic environments for the US and UK government. Built from the ground up with open standards and supported by an ecosystem of partners from across industry and academia, it’s a more efficient, flexible, and cost-effective way to build and operate the synthetic solutions of the future.

ISSAC Corp (Colorado Springs, Colorado) is focused on finding the hidden stories in complex datasets and creating automation to allow analyst to optimize the use of streaming and historic data. ISSAC provides advanced system of systems engineering solutions and are developing a life cycle Digital Engineering tool to enable data sharing and engineering design refinement for the entirety of a platforms life cycle. In addition, their modular approach to Artificial Intelligence solutions enables rapid workflow tailoring, customer flexibility as needs evolves, and a smart process for advancing the art of knowledge discovery as technology advances.

Kayhan Space Corp (Boulder, Colorado) is a software analytics platform focused on satellite conjunction assessment, collision avoidance, and space object tracking and navigation. Kayhan brings together an incredible team of astrodynamics and software engineers with many years of experience supporting NASA and JPL missions, as well as building enterprise software. They also bring automation to an otherwise manual and time-consuming process. By doing so, they save time and money for satellite operators, and most importantly ensure mission safety.

Synaptech (Colorado Springs, Colorado) has quickly become a leading small business provider of modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) expertise and a developer of innovative software and analytical solutions for the Space Defense Industry. Synaptech operates with speed and agility to quickly integrate people, processes, and technologies to solve their customer’s most challenging problems on an operationally relevant timeline. Synaptech’s multi-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists, analysts, mathematicians, and designers are committed to protecting the freedom that our nation enjoys and creating a better tomorrow for future generations. 

Vermeer (Jackson Heights, New York) specializes in a leading-edge suite of AR mission planning tools and autonomous sUAS mission execution for both DoD and commercial customers. From their expertise from years of piloting drones on the sets of blockbuster Hollywood films, they built Vermeer as an internal tool for pre-mission planning and visualization. Today, Vermeer is capable of integrating into any autonomous platform, from sUAS to satellites.

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