Quidient awarded SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Contract
Quidient has been awarded a Phase II SBIR under the SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Program
Columbia, Maryland, 5/25/2023 – Quidient announces it has been selected by SpaceWERX for a SBIR Phase II in the amount of $1.7M to investigate how its Generalized Scene Reconstruction platform, Quidient Reality®, might enable In-space Service Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM) capabilities being explored by the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and United States Space Force (USSF) through the Orbital Prime program. Orbital Prime was created to accelerate the commercial ISAM market toward a use case of Active Debris Remediation. The Air Force Research Laboratory and SpaceWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through a faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and losing bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering ‘The Open Topic’ SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on 01/20/2023, Quidient will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.
Quidient is a deep tech startup in a fast-growing 3D imaging field called Generalized Scene Reconstruction (GSR). GSR solves a critical problem for the Space Force, USAF, DoD, and private sector by making the creation of virtual objects and scenes (e.g., Digital Twins) from images accurate, affordable, and automatic. Quidient’s flagship, dual-use software platform, Quidient Reality®, is designed to run on devices like smartphones, tablets, AR glasses, UAVs, and specialized cameras. Quidient’s products promise to enable many new AF applications, including Automated Visual Inspection, Affordable Digital Twinning, AR/VR Training, the Metaverse, and more.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force and United States Space Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,000 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit: http://www.afresearchlab.com.
SpaceWERX is the Space component of AFWERX (a program office at the Air Force Research Laboratory -AFRL) which connects innovators across government, industry and academia. Through innovation and collaboration with our nation’s top subject-matter experts and harnessing the power of ingenuity of internal talent, by expanding technology, talent, and transition partnerships for rapid and affordable commercial and military capability. Additional information is available at: https://www.spacewerx.us/.
About SpaceWERX Orbital Prime
SpaceWERX Orbital Prime leverages a diverse industry partnership engagement strategy to identify nascent space technology sectors that, if “primed”, could advance U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Prime engagement is not limited to government investment, but also allows SpaceWERX to address key policy concerns as well as offer testbeds and platforms to advance capabilities. The first Space Prime effort, Orbital Prime will invigorate the In-space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) market using Active Debris Remediation (ADR) as a use case for the foundational technologies. Learn more at https://spacewerx.us/space-prime/.
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