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AFWERX Announces SciTec Among Top Teams

AFWERX EngageSpace

AFWERX Announces SciTec Among Top Teams
Selected to exhibit at EngageSpace (September 29-30)
The Premier Event for the Space Industry

(Princeton, NJ September 15, 2020) – AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced SciTec, Inc., as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a virtual two-day event on September 29-30.

The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, SciTec is competing in the Persistent ISR Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs.

“The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” stated Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge Collaboration Lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the Space ecosystem.”

The Persistent ISR Challenge strives to bring together the existing and future technology solutions to create a comprehensive Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system that spans the globe.

AFWERX selected all three of the solutions SciTec proposed to the Persistent ISR Challenge topic for the EngageSpace event:

FIRES: an advanced modeling & simulation tool for rapid development of exhaust plume signatures on emerging missile threats to support future sensor development

PREPARE: a collection of real-time, architecture-agnostic sensor data normalization services for of Overhead Persistent InfraRed (OPIR) mission data processing

OPTION-A: a standardized and extensible developer’s toolkit to support development of real-time configurable OPIR processing chains into on-board processors

“We’re thrilled to have three solutions selected from the AFWERX Space Challenge and featured in EngageSpace event,” said Jim Lisowski, SciTec’s CEO.

“Having successfully participated in the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) process for many years, and all the way to Phase III awards, we are excited to be a part of this new way of collaborating and working to leverage commercial capabilities and deliver needed solutions faster.”

David Simenc, Tactical Portfolio Lead and manager of SciTec’s Boulder App Factory added, “Our experience in OPIR mission data processing gives us the foresight to know what technologies are necessary to deliver new capabilities such as the Space Development Agency’s Tracking Layer and US Space Force’s Future Operationally Responsive Ground Evolution (FORGE.) Our track record of delivering operational capabilities to the warfighter gives us the edge to realize mission success. We look forward to hearing from potential partners and users at EngageSpace.”

The EngageSpace event will feature highly engaging opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia, 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.

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For over four decades, SciTec has attacked the Nation’s hard problems by applying the foundational principles of deliberate system design, rapid prototype development, and test-driven evolution all focused on delivering the end user’s mission. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, SciTec maintains offices and operating locations adjacent to our space community customers and partners: Boulder, CO; Huntsville, AL; Dayton, OH; Herndon, VA; El Segundo, CA; and Colorado Springs, CO. We are leaders in the development of remotes sensing systems and mission data processing solutions and simulation and test equipment for aircraft countermeasure systems.


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.

Fast Company named AFWERX Best Workplaces for Innovators on the 2020 List, honoring the top 100 businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. AFWERX, U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm and catalyst for fostering innovation within the Air Force, came in at #16 ranking in the top 20 alongside brands such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. Preview the live announcement with Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company, unveiled during the AFWERX Fusion 2020 Base of the Future Event & Showcase.

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