Accelerator Highlights AI Trends, Capabilities

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (July 12, 2018) –The Aerospace Corporation and Starburst Accelerator partnered on an accelerator event June 27 in Chantilly, Va., to introduce government stakeholders to emerging trends, capabilities, and applications in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

The event, Securing Our Future: Commercial AI Meets National Security, featured perspectives from government and commercial AI thought leaders, two panel discussions, and eight start-up companies currently leveraging AI technologies for cybersecurity, geospatial analytics, and other applications.

Attendees heard keynote government perspectives from two Intelligence Community agencies on the challenges and limitations of current AI technologies, and the potential of AI for the future of national security. Robbie Schinger, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Planet, and William Brendel, Senior Research Scientist for Snap Inc. (creator of social media app Snapchat), offered their unique perspectives on current applications of AI technologies in the commercial sector.

The core of the accelerator event featured eight start-up companies, each invited to pitch their value propositions and share ways in which their businesses are using AI for applications of interest to national security. Descartes Labs, Orbital Sidekick, Spark Cognition, Slingshot Aerospace, Ursa Space Systems, Lucid Circuit, EOS Data Analytics, and Starlight participated.

The morning and afternoon sessions both concluded with panel discussions moderated by Van Espahbodi, co-founder of Starburst Accelerator. The first panel focused on the current state-of-practice in commercial AI capabilities, and the second focused on how to accelerate government acquisition and adoption of commercial AI for national security applications. Panelists included representatives from Amazon Web Services, GeoSpark Analytics, One Defense, In-Q-Tel, and other organizations invited to share their perspectives on the future of this cross-cutting technology area.

About Starburst Accelerator

Starburst Accelerator is a startup incubator dedicated to technology in aerospace where leaders gather to decide the future of aerospace. Starburst has offices in Paris, Munich, Los Angeles, and Singapore. For more information, please visit:

About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,000 employees. With major locations in El Segundo, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Washington, D.C., Aerospace addresses complex problems across the space enterprise and other areas of national significance through agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership.  For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @AerospaceCorp.


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