H4XLabs' space practice is intended to leverage commercial innovation for government needs, particularly in the fast-moving startup ecosystems previously overlooked.
Our entrepreneurial engagement service already helps:
SpaceWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force, connect to entrepreneurs focused on addressing space debris, a growing threat for military and civilian space missions.
Aerospace Corporation, the only federally funded research and development center for the space enterprise, work with the startup ecosystem to impact a wide range of government problems and accelerate the adoption of innovative solutions.
NASA, to leverage private investment in commercial space to solve mission-critical problems while aligning NASA efforts to strategic investments in Deep Tech
How we do it:
Build and support a responsive community delivering relevant products and services by engaging aspiring and experienced inventors, entrepreneurs and investors, including those that don’t realize their Earth-focused research and inventions can contribute to space missions.
Engaging innovative small businesses, especially companies that are new to NASA and those with women and minority founders and investors, toward opportunities like SBIR Ignite, NASA’s annual solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research.
A deeper look:
NASA SBIR Ignite
The ESIP Portfolio advances 700+ ambitious projects annually across TRLs and communities to address NASA mission needs and seed future disruptive aerospace capabilities, through programs including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, Tech Transfer (T2), Space Tech Research Grants (STRG).
NASA SBIR Ignite falls under the SBIR/STTR program, which was created by the federal government to strengthen the role of innovative small businesses in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). One of the specific purposes of the program is to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity, and economic growth. In particular, NASA seeks to fund ideas that are relevant in the commercial market, while contributing to the agency’s goals in aeronautics and space technology development.
H4XLabs is dedicated to fostering the partnership between NASA and small businesses by connecting them and identifying relevant products and services. As a facilitator, we are committed to ensuring that small businesses have the opportunity to support NASA's missions and contribute to the agency's successes in space exploration.
SpaceWERX Orbital Prime
Orbital Prime is the first space effort under the SpaceWERX Prime line of business. The program intends to invigorate the In-space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing, or ISAM, market using Active Debris Remediation as a use case for the foundational technologies.
Through these awards, SpaceWERX has partnered with 92 companies and 66 research institutions across the country to explore ISAM capabilities and technologies relating to identifying, approaching and servicing an object in space. The Orbital Prime program will culminate with an on-orbit mission to demonstrate active space debris remediation, a public purpose use case intended to stimulate the market for space logistics.
Ecosystem building and networking
Educating the awardees about procurement and commercialization opportunities
Socializing with whole community about emerging in-space markets and applications