Join us to see semi-finalists in our the NSIN Presents: Project STAPEL Challenge share their cutting-edge innovations for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC).

About This Event

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is making significant investments in the arena of small tactical aerial platforms and looking to support the growth of medium- to high-altitude unmanned aircraft platform technologies that can support various defense applications.


The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), in partnership with the Space Prototyping and Experimentation Branch (SPEB) at USASMDC, seeks to identify capabilities for a low-cost, air or ground-launched medium to high-altitude balloon capable of carrying payloads of at least 10 lbs and of being deployed rapidly by one to two individuals. Participant companies must be U.S.-owned and operated, or be owned and operated in a NATO participant nation, Five Eyes Alliance participant nation, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) participant nation, or Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) participant nation.

A team of subject matter experts will evaluate applicants and select up to 15 companies as semi-finalists for participation in the virtual Pitch Day in November 2023. Up to 10 companies will be invited as finalists to participate in an in-person Demonstration Day and awarded $2,000 for travel and final preparations. The demonstrations will take place in Colorado Springs, CO in December 2023. A total of $130,000 in awards will be awarded to the top performing company/companies.

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Worldwide Aeros Corp

Aerostar International LLC

KalScott Engineering Inc.


Kyberdyne Systems

Near Space Labs

Zenith Aerospace Inc.

Urban Sky

Commit Technologies Inc


Testing and evaluations will be conducted by the U.S. Army SMDC Space Prototyping and Experimentation Branch (USASMDC). USASMDC develops and provides current and future global space, missile defense, and high altitude capabilities to the Army, joint force, and our allies and partners, to enable multi-domain combat effects; enhance deterrence, assurance, and detection of strategic attacks; and protect the nation.

About NSIN

NSIN, the National Security Innovation Network, is an unrivaled problem-solving network in the U.S. Department of Defense that adapts to the emerging needs of those who serve in the defense of our national security. We are dedicated to the work of bringing together defense, academic and entrepreneurial innovators to solve national security problems in new ways.