New Frontier Aerospace Among Teams Competing in AFWERX Energy Showcase
The AFWERX Challenge is centered around six topics - Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation, Energy Transmission and Distribution, Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage, New Warfighting and Operational Equipment, Data Availability for Improved Planning and Decision Making, and Energy Culture, Policy, and Education. The proposals selected to advance represent innovative solutions to allow for more effective warfighting and humanitarian missions less reliant on fossil fuels.
Headquartered in Livermore, CA, NFA is competing in the Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams - originating from allied countries all over the world – that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs all vying to Reimagine Energy for the Department of Defense.
The Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation Challenge strives to find alternative energy sources and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. The Department of Defense (DoD) consumes large amounts of operational and facility energy to provide a combat-credible force. The DoD is one of the largest single consumers of energy globally, and the Air Force is the largest user of fuel energy in the US Government. The way the DoD generates, transmits, stores, and uses this enormous amount of energy today is both a paramount combat enabler and a potentially crippling vulnerability.
"The AFWERX Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge is critical to our mission of increasing collaboration between large businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate solutions for the Air Force," stated Mark Rowland of AFWERX. "On behalf of AFWERX and the Department of Defense, we congratulate the teams advancing to the next phase. Their contributions are invaluable and have the potential to create game-changing results across the Air Force enterprise."
NFA's solution for this challenge uses small amounts of concentrated energy - from a distributed network in space - to provide safe, affordable and accessible 24/7 power to precise locations on the ground.
"Our goal is to provide power to those who need it anywhere on Earth - at the speed of light", said Vic Karpenko, NFA Senior Space Systems Engineer.
To visit NFA's virtual booth at the Reimagining Fixed and Mobile Generation Showcase, click here
To learn more about the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenges, click here
ABOUT New Frontier Aerospace
NFA innovations include supersonic drones to transport urgent medical, military and other high-value cargoes 2,000 miles in 90 minutes; and energy solutions for civilian and military customers who require power in remote locations anywhere around the world.
NFA is supported by i-GATE, operator of Daybreak Labs in Livermore, California – an incubator for hard tech startups on a mission to change the world. i-GATE was founded by the City of Livermore, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories (California)
Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation's top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.
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