Space to Innovate Campaign – Alpha Drop

Could you develop solutions to alleviate some of the UK’s space challenges?

The challenge

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme is seeking proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies. They are looking for innovative solutions to a series of challenges that will be released in ‘drops’ throughout 2021-22.

The total budget for the campaign (up to end of March 2023) is expected to be up to £2m. The value of the contracts will vary from £125,000 - £400,000 with durations of 6-18 months.

Challenge drops are open to applications from all innovators, not just those that submitted successful bids in previous drops.

The Alpha Drop, which is currently open for applications, has two challenges:

  • Challenge 1: Visualisation tools to enable space operators to exploit information gathered from multiple data sources.
  • Challenge 2: Novel methods for characterising objects in space and their intent.


The deadline for applications to the Alpha Drop is 4 August 2021. It's expected that this will be followed by a subsequent Bravo Drop later this year with another two challenges focused on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

How to get involved

Get more details about this challenge and how to apply on the GOV.UK website.