Space to Innovate Campaign – Bravo Drop

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme is offering contracts worth up to £400,000 for innovations that can improve intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in space.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme is accepting proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies.

The Programme is looking for innovative solutions to a series of challenges that will be released in ‘drops’ throughout 2021-22. The Alpha Drop launched earlier this year, with contracts due to be awarded during autumn 2021.

The challenges

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

  • Challenge 1: Novel sensing and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies
  • Challenge 2: Novel approaches that significantly improve the signal-to-noise performance of space-related communications, sensing, identification or tracking capabilities for use in defence and/or security applications

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

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

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications to the Bravo Drop is 9 November 2021.


How to get involved

Find more information and get involved on the GOV.UK website.