USAF 2nd Lt. Charles Keller and A1C Tyler Haselden, Pilot Training Next students, train on a virtual reality flight simulator at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin, Texas, on June 21, 2018. Air Force photo by Sean Worrell.
The Air Force is hoping to improve the capabilities of the artificial intelligence coach in the second Pilot Training Next class, which will launch in the next few weeks. In October 2018, AFWERX launched an open challenge for the second phase of the program, promising to spend up to $300,000 “for the right set of upgrades and solution trials” and noting the program “has the potential to reach $100 million or more in contracts over time.” AFWERX received 150 different submissions in response to its challenge to help advance pilot training. From there, five business concepts were selected, and each submitter was awarded $50,000 to further refine their concept.
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The Air Force has set a date and time for its planned “pitch day” to startups for fast contracts aimed at innovative ideas for “tough problems.” The first event is scheduled for March 6 and 7 in New York, where the Air Force will have $40 million ready to award in a one-day, one-page contract with the swipe of a government credit card for small businesses, startups, and universities with convincing proposals to address issues the Air Force faces, Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, wrote in a Friday article in Fast Company. To get started, the Air Force this month is posting challenges on websites such as LinkedIn, and giving companies 30 days to submit a proposal and pitch deck. These companies will then be invited to the New York event. “If we’re impressed by a concept and company, we sign, swipe, and say ‘Congratulations! You’ve partnered with the United States Air Force!’” Roper wrote. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson previewed the event in November, saying the goal is to find “innovative ideas to solve tough problems.” —Brian Everstine
A Radar Sweep item in the Jan. 15 Daily Report incorrectly identified the author of an opinion piece. It was former Republican Congressman Mike Rogers from Michigan, not former Republican Congressman Mike Rogers from Alabama, who was one of the first to suggest the idea of a separate service for space. We have corrected the original entry.
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