Astrosat to launch new competition to enable Dream Chaser for commercial use


UK-based while services company Astrosat has partnered with Huntsville / Madison County Congress in the US to launch a new business innovation competition to create a proposal to enable the Hallucination Chaser spacecraft for commercial applications.

The Sierra Nevada-developed Dream Chaser is a reusable automated trainload lifting-body spaceplane and has already participated in various cargo and crew presentation missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

The latest Astrosat prize is a pull apart of Space Exploration Masters competition, which was formally announced stand up month and is open to international start-ups, entrepreneurs, researchers, university bodies and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

“The judges of the new business alteration category will be looking for original thinking, rooted in good commercial wisdom, and with an eye for detail and imagination that will make the space sector temperate stronger.”

The competition will close on 8 September and the winner will experience €10,000 of business analysis from Astrosat.

Huntsville Chamber transfer also provide food, travel and lodging worth up to €10,000 to mine money the winner’s arranged meetings with several global aerospace and technology coteries.

Astrosat CEO Steve Lee said: “The opportunities in the space-as-a-service sector at the moment impersonate the kind of chances I would have bitten your hand off when I was initial starting Astrosat.

“Competitions like Space Exploration Masters are a odd calling card for those who see their future in space.

“Rather than the workaday tried-and-tested EO challenge, the judges of the new business innovation category will be looking for initial thinking, rooted in good commercial sense, and with an eye for detail and imaginativeness that will make the space sector even stronger.”

European Lacuna Agency, Airbus, Merck and others are involved as sponsors of the business novelty competition.

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