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First Air Force Hypersonics Pitch Day

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, speaks to the audience during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

An Ursa Major Technologies representative talks to an event attendee about the company’s rocket engine during the during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

Todd Davis, Armament Directorate, looks on as Marcie Black of Advanced Silicon Group, signs contract documents during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

Brig. Gen. Anthony Genatempo, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Director of the Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, speaks to the audience during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

Hypersonic Pitch Day audience members listen as Air Force acquisition and technology leaders speak during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

Todd Davis, Armament Directorate, looks on as John Edwards, chief executive officer of Fourth State Communications, signs contract documents during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

The Air Force holds the first-ever Hypersonics Pitch Day on November 7, 2019 at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Florida.The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges.

Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, speaks to the audience during the Air Force’s first Hypersonics Pitch Day Nov. 7, at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, Fla. Nine small businesses were invited to pitch their ideas to an Air Force acquisition and technology leadership panel. More than $5.25 million was awarded to seven small businesses in less than three hours. The purpose of Air Force “pitch days” is to do business at the speed of ideas by inspiring and accelerating startup and small business creativity toward answering national security challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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