PR: SmallSpark secures contract from Ministry of Defence

SmallSpark will be breathing new life into its old SIBYL demonstrator engine, first used in early 2021; to rapidly test a range of solid motor configurations

SmallSpark Space Systems, a Cardiff based aerospace and space technology venture, has today announced it has secured a development contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence, via the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), to use its moore.AI technology to accelerate the time it takes to develop novel solid rocket motor configurations, for a broad range of applications . The proposal, which has seen significant support from the MOD, is one of the first to explore the direct application of AI-based assistive tools to engineers in the defence industry for tackling novel problems without historical datasets” The contract is worth £292,565.75 and will see SmallSpark double the size of its software and technology demonstration teams, along with investing in additional in-house infrastructure and capabilities

SmallSpark is excited to announce formally, that it has been awarded a development contract worth £292,565.75 by the Ministry of Defence, within DASA’s Rapid Innovation Cycle, to adapt its moore.AI optimisation technologies to tackle instabilities identified within the early stages of solid rocket motor design. The proposal, which has seen significant support from the MOD, is one of the first to explore the direct application of AI-based assistive tools to engineers in the defence industry for tackling novel problems without historical datasets,

mooreAI is a data-agnostic, multi-objective optmisation technology developed by SmallSpark Space Systems, with the ambition to dramatically reduce the time it takes to perform system-wide engineering optimsation. The technology boasts unique capabilities including allowing multiple simultaneous data-streams, advanced geometry manipulation, and the abulity to tackle extremely nosiy, complex problems

moore.AI, which has only been given limited public access by the team at SmallSpark, was originally developed with Research England backing, in collaboration with The University of Southamptoin, and till now, has publically only been used for aerodynamic design optimisation

moore.AI is an extremely powerful technology that aims to change the way we think about, and approach systems engineering and design. The development process for a rocket motor for use by the MoD can take upwards of 10 years; we're aiming to cut that down by between 25% to 50% - by utilising novel, carefully constructed optimisation technologies, developed here at SmallSpark for our own space systems.

We're looking to free up engineers time by helping them avoid arduous manual design iteration, and we're so excited to get to test these systems with our partners around the United Kingdom

- Joseph Ward, CEO & Director of Propulsion

The project, which is expected to take between 9-12 months, will see SmallSpark returning to the historic Westcott Venture Park, along with other sites round the UK, to demonstrate the companies ability for agile desgin and demonstration.

We are extremely excited at SmallSpark to showcase the amazing capabilities of mooreAI. Using a cutting-edge solution to present a new approach for solving engineering problems and designs.

Working this project for the MOD is a great opportunity to show the novel optimisation technologies that we've been working on for the past few years that, we believe, will change the way we approach rapid engineering design.

- Saif Al-Ibadi, Director of Optimisation Technologies

SmallSpark’s mission is to simlify in-space logistics; and will be debuting its S4-SLV vehicle in 2023; which aims to be the first lunar mission completely developed and launched from within the UK