See finalists share their solutions for expeditionary power innovations for a mobile space domain awareness platform and compete for part of a $75,000 prize pool.


The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), in partnership with the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron (15 SPSS), presents the Expeditionary Energy Challenge Virtual Pitch Event to identify expeditionary power innovation capabilities for a mobile space domain awareness platform.

Join NSIN and 15 SPSS virtually on June 27, 2024 at 3:00- 5:00 p.m. EDT by registering below.


Doors open 30 minutes before the event starts.

Opening Remarks | 3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Company Presentations | 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks | 4:45 - 4:50 p.m.

Event Ends | 4:50 p.m.


  • Angela Austin

  • Richard Chong

  • Stephen Brennan

  • Gloria Choo

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About the Finalists

  • Folditure developed a patented pyramid hinge that allows for a compact, lightweight array providing an efficient solar power solution for the lunar surface and other applications.

  • Helical Solar created a low-cost distributed energy platform for municipal utilities and electric cooperatives to reduce peak power demands and lower their customers’ energy platforms, designed specifically for rural and low-to-moderate income homeowners, businesses, and farmers.

  • HNU Photonics specialized in creative technical solutions, manufacturing alpha and beta prototypes, and hard ceramic and infrared materials, focusing on renewable energy, defense photonics, specialized optics, and medical imaging technologies.

  • Joule Case (GHI) provides patented, scalable battery solutions to empower mobility and minimize emissions, serving diverse applications from live events and EV fleet extensions to construction sites and curbside food vendors.

  • Nano Nuclear Energy created products that advanced nuclear energy, are portable and provide on-demand nuclear microreactors for clean energy solutions.

  • Pvillion integrated solar cells into fabric products to generate clean energy anywhere without the need for generators.

  • TM Energetics, Inc advanced thermal metal energy storage solutions with increased efficiency and sustainability storage options to ensure reliable power when those using it need it most.

About National Security Innovation Network

NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.

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About 15 SPSS

15 SPSS operates the Maui Space Surveillance Complex, a strategically located national asset at the 10,023 foot-summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The MSSC is host to small, medium, and large-aperture tracking optics, including the DoD’s largest optical telescope designed for tracking and imaging satellites, with visible and infrared sensors to collect data on near-Earth and deep-space objects. The Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance Systems, located at Maui, Socorro, and Diego Garcia, are also under the 15 SPSS. The GEODSS Systems play a vital role in tracking deep space objects.