PROGRAMS

The unique ecosystem of public/private partnering at Catalyst Campus has allowed for the creation and curation of many class-leading programs – from the Campus facilitated Catalyst to the Air Force Platform One Dev Ops, and the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, just to name a few. Check out the many more programs that call Catalyst Campus home.

The Catalyst Space Accelerator, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), is a nationally acclaimed program promoting commercially-augmented technology advancement.  The Accelerator has hosted nearly 50 companies around the globe, successfully securing over $48M in follow-on funding from Government and private investment firms.

Platform One is the is the official DevSecOps Enterprise Services team for the Department of Defense and its Tech Team. Platform One is the centralized team providing DevSecOps/ Software Factory Managed Services with baked-in security to DoD Programs. It manages Software Factories for development teams so they can focus on building mission applications.  

Space CAMP is a software factory focused on the continuous development and deployment of USSF mission applications to the warfighter. As a software node of Platform One (the DoD Executive Agent for DevSecOps) for Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), we aim to avoid vendor-lock by building an open platform (Kubernetes/Istio), embrace DevSecOps principles outlined by the DoD CIO and AF CSO, consider microservice/service mesh architectures early and often, leverage event-driven behavior across the entire portfolio, and build a network of like-minded software shops for collaboration. By embracing the eXtreme Programming (XP) flavor of agile software development (paired programming, test-driven development, CI/CD, and small iterations), Space CAMP is able to continually produce quality code that can adapt to rapid changes and meet the high level of security standards necessary for maintaining a Continuous Authority to Operate (C-ATO). The applications developed at Space CAMP follow the user-centered design, a process through which designers continuously engage with users and employ a mixture of investigative and generative methods and tools to develop an understanding of user needs. This whole process results in recurring capability delivery to the operations floor.

Sprint Advanced Concepts Training (SACT) events provide a framework for integrated training across civil and military Space operations. Catalyst Campus contributes the essential collaborative environment for civil, military, industry and academia cohorts to collaborate during world-wide event execution.  At the core of this environment is the Air Force’s cloud-based Unified Data Library (UDL), providing the common data layer for this week-long, around the clock, multi-national integrated Commercial Space Operations exercise.  The commercial SACT served as an opportunity to prove the interoperability between U.S. government space organizations, allies, and commercial data providers.

The Unified Data Library (UDL), sponsored by AFRL/RV, was developed on Catalyst Campus by Bluestaq. The UDL is an enterprise data-sharing platform used by global data commercial providers to exchange information through machine-to-machine interfaces.  The cloud-hosted UDL enables academic, government and commercially-gathered data to be leveraged for research and development of technological solutions for both defense and commercial markets.  The UDL is the data distribution hub responsible for distributing air, maritime, space and ground information in real time to the rest of the Air Battle Management System. It has provided real-time transaction of a wide array of Space Domain Awareness (SDA) products. 

One of the first Catalyst Campus prototyping programs was the Commercial Augmentation Service (CAS). CAS is supported by a mix of seven companies, including international commercial companies, and non-traditional and traditional defense contractors to augment the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) with eight current antennas and fourteen by this Fall. This is a key prototype capability available to Catalyst Campus tenants providing a global antenna network to operate spacecraft while also providing data to the UDL for other companies to exploit.

A recent adopter to the Catalyst Campus is SMC’s Cross Mission Ground and Communications Enterprise with their SatOps Prototyping and Integration (SPI) program for Enterprise Ground Services (EGS).  The EGS team is establishing an Applied Products Lab on the Campus to protype new products for EGS and they will also be working with Space CAMP and Platform One and the dozens of their companies doing agile software development to deliver rapidly developed software applications. 

Catalyst Campus played a supporting role for a small business during last Fall’s Air Force Space Pitch Day in San Francisco.  The Team won a contract to deliver an Advanced Concept Ecosystem for Space (ACES) tying together other prototypes on the Campus to create a Space Combat Range prototype operating red force and blue force spacecraft for dog fighting in space.  CCTI is providing the classified lab and lab manager and will be working efforts to tie in more collaborators.

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Air Force CyberWorx is a problem-solving organization that tackles tough challenges across the Air Force and the Joint community. It marries Design Thinking, a focus on User Experience, and collaboration with government, industry, and academia experts to refine problems, accelerate results, and deliver solutions. AF CyberWorx has delivered results in days what would have taken their clients several months to accomplish.  CTRAC, a Catalyst Campus Non-Profit, directly contributes to the success of the CyberWorx program

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry. MSSA runs two concurrent cohorts, through an 18-week training course, targeting high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration and database and business intelligence administration.

Program graduates are accorded an interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of more than 280 hiring partners, many of which are Fortune 500 companies. MSSA has a graduation rate of over 92%, and graduates earn an average starting salary of over $70,000.

Catalyst in Motion

Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)

SMC selected NSTXL as the new consortium manager for the next iteration of the SpEC OTA. Catalyst Campus is a key member of this ground breaking team. This award will broaden access for non-traditional industry vendors.

Catalyst Accelerator

The Catalyst Accelerator has been crushing it during COVID. Our team has conducted two cohorts (Data Fusion for Space Applications, Cyber for Space Applications) and a Tech Collision event. 2021 looks to be another amazing year…please visit our Accelerator section and website for sponsorship opportunities.

Catalyst Campus Expanding

Catalyst is expanding locally and nationally. Our expansions will serve the interagency and joint warfighter, commercial industry and academia alike, while investing in / helping other communities experience similar success of our Colorado Springs campus

The FORGE and Catalyst Team Up

Catalyst Campus is playing a key role in standing up The FORGE at the University of Maryland College Park. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to further enhancing the DevSecOps environment.

Catalyst Campus Welcomes our New CEO

Patrick Barrett took the helm at Catalyst Campus in November 2020. He brings a wealth of industry experience with a focus on innovation and partnerships.