USAF selects Lunar Resources, Rhea Space for next-gen space capabilities

Lunar Resources, Inc. and Rhea Space Activity (RSA), have announced they have been selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) to further develop their concept for the deployment of a variety of defense-focused, space-based, orbital platforms, the company said.

A research project jointly developed by Lunar Resources and RSA was recently selected for funding by the USAF under its Small Business Innovation Research program, which identifies and selects startups capable of addressing 21st Century-and-beyond national security challenges. Under this project, which has been named IN-SILICO by both companies, Lunar Resources and RSA are proposing the development of a new supply chain architecture model that is focused on the construction of Department of Defense (DoD) equipment and platforms in-space, primarily to reduce the overall deployment costs of a variety of national security-focused space-based assets, and to optimize the performance of the US space fleet for future orbital communication and reconnaissance.

In furtherance of this development project, Lunar Resources and Rhea Space Activity will apply the technologies derived from the IN-SILICO program to advance Department of Defense and Intelligence Community priorities for space-based reconnaissance, telecommunication, and directed energy.

Lunar Resources is an advanced in-space manufacturing company that is now developing next-generation technologies to fabricate functional coatings and thin-film materials in the vacuum of space. These products are primarily intended to serve the DoD, commercial, and governmental space communities. Derived from NASA´s Wake Shield Facility (WSF) program, Lunar Resources is pioneering in-space vacuum vapor deposition technology to enable the newest iterations of space-borne assets to be fabricated, serviced and upgraded while they are in Earth orbit.

Rhea Space Activity was founded to assist New Space companies in creating high-risk/high-reward Research and Development concepts in support of the US Intelligence Community and the DoD.