Florida Tech’s ORION Lab was selected as one of the 178 top participating teams from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a virtual two-day event held Sept. 29-30.
The EngageSpace event will feature opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia and investors, as well as military and government leaders. The entire event is designed to transform and accelerate the industry and enable government buyers to pursue the most promising innovative solutions to the most pressing and threatening Space scenarios.
AFWERX is the U.S. Air Force’s team of innovators who encourage and facilitate connections across industry, academia and the military to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation.
In the AFWERX Challenge, the ORION team will compete in the Space Asset Resiliency Challenge, which strives to increase the longevity of space assets by increasing their durability against the unique space environment and enemy threats.
“The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” said Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge collaboration lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the space ecosystem.”
Innovation is a key facet of Florida Tech’s Orbital Robotics Interaction, On-orbit servicing and Navigation (ORION) Laboratory. Established in 2015, it is the center of Florida Tech’s research and teaching activities in spacecraft robotics and spacecraft guidance, navigation and control and features access to cutting-edge equipment, including the air bearing table pictured above.
The team’s submitted solution is an augmented reality/virtual reality spacecraft operations environment which enables ground operators to control swarms of spacecraft as well as spacecraft operating in close proximity to servicing clients, debris objects or other space objects with a high degree of immersion, real-time responsiveness and situation awareness. More information on the ORION Lab is available at http://floridatech.edu/orion.