The Resilient Space Infrastructures, Systems, and Economy (RISE) development award is focused on igniting technological innovation and workforce development to foster technology commercialization and technology transfer in space systems, space infrastructure, and cybersecurity for the space economy.
RISE core partners include:
Spanning across private, public, and nonprofit sectors each partner brings unique capabilities to inform and grow the space ecosystem in Southern Colorado. Through this development award, relationships among core partners will be formalized and anticipated partner growth will expand further into Southern Colorado including Pueblo, Trinidad, and Cañon City.
This pillar will act as the research and development arm of RISE. During the development period this pillar will organize workshops to leverage nation-wide expertise to further develop specific goals of the pillar which include creation of a full-stack of space resilience capabilities; creating, maintaining, and running a digital twin of space infrastructures and systems; space resilience standardization and management; and space resilience certification.
This pillar will focus development activities on market research,
exploring regional gaps and industry needs, and testing potential innovation pathways to support the development of a strategic plan and building blocks for the engine. The pillar will run emerging tech colliders, focus groups, and human capital support projects to ensure the scope and strategic plan are aligned with market needs and regional culture.
This pillar will leverage existing ties to local, state, and national policy makers to develop a framework of existing policies and advance channels to create influence on policy decisions in later phases of the future engine's life cycle. Community and policy work through this pillar seek to directly benefit the research and startups emerging from the engine and support existing space companies in the region.
The RISE development award aims to build the foundation for a dual-use innovation engine for Resilient Space Infrastructures, Systems, and Economy. This will fuel the United States to become the world leader in the emerging space economy and cybersecurity sector while building international alliances to spread its leadership, value, and impact. The dual-use nature will directly create new businesses, services, and industries; support a diverse workforce; and enhance national security by collaborating with our federal agency partners through technology transfers and new services.
RISE will leverage nationwide experts to collaborate and conduct research to pave solid foundations and make resilience science and technology a well established discipline. The future engine will develop a talent and workforce pool to conduct research and development to achieve resilient space infrastructures, systems, and economy. To support greater societal benefit, RISE will emphasize diversity, equity, inclusion, and access throughout its K-12 STEM programs and higher education work to ensure talents are fostered. Leveraging its trained workforce and resulting innovations, the engine will grow and sustain commercialization of research driven technology and its transfer to defense applications. All levels of the RISE development award will be supported by core and supporting partners, providing access to capital, local, regional, and federal government contracts and international allies.
The NSF Engines Development Award: Advancing space technologies (CO) is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.