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Little Place Labs Awarded a $1.8M AFWERX STTR Phase II Contract

Little Place Labs is Awarded a $1.8M AFWERX STTR Phase II Contract to Revolutionize

Air Force Intelligence: Advancing Space-Based Intelligence, Surveillance, and

Reconnaissance and In-Orbit Machine Learning Computing

Houston, Texas – Little Place Labs announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a STTR

Phase II contract in the amount of $1.8 million dollars focused on Revolutionizing space-

based ISR through decentralized systems; in-orbit ML computing for near-real-time

intelligence to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF).

The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small

Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process

by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines,

changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and

eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in

contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which

expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on February 16, 2024, Little Place

Labs will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the

national defense of the United States of America.

“We are deeply honored to be chosen to revolutionize national security capabilities through this

partnership with the Department of the Air Force. This opportunity marks a pivotal point in

advancing space-based capabilities and in-orbit machine learning, underscoring our commitment

to redefine the limits of space analytics and data processing. Our work with the Air Force will not

only enhance operational effectiveness but also set new benchmarks for innovation in national

security. This moment in our journey at Little Place Labs highlights our dedication to

transforming space intelligence and addressing the complex challenges of today and tomorrow.” –

Bosco Lai, CEO of Little Place Labs.

“The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or

position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”

About Little Place Labs

Little Place Labs specializes in near-real-time space analytics for terrestrial and space

applications, leveraging machine learning solutions designed for satellites and space

infrastructures. We remove the data bottleneck by processing raw data in orbit and our

applications service both commercial and national security sectors by significantly enhancing

response times and decision-making for threats against civilians, national assets, and our

guardians. Delivering actionable insights within minutes, we are committed to transforming data

analysis and usage in space, paving the way for innovation and discovery. For more information,

About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for

the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery,

development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and

cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40

other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology

ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more

information, visit


As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory,

AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address

the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 370 military,

civilian and contractor personnel at five hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget.

Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 6,028 new contracts worth more than $4 billion to

strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational

capability. For more information, visit:


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