what is astra?

ASTRA is Israel’s first early-stage accelerator program focused primarily on space technologies. The program is designed to support mature research projects, pre-seed and seed startups, in order to consolidate a pool of experienced actors that will thrust Israel into the Space Age.

The accelerator has two main objectives: to support space tech projects throughout their life cycle with the help of dedicated support and training; and participate in the structuring and bringing together of the local space ecosystem in order to consolidate a pool of projects capable of participating in future Israeli aerospace that increases the number of space tech projects and startups created in Israel.

Starburst, Israel Aerospace Industries and Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art are pooling their respective skills and ecosystems within a consortium to offer an innovative and unique program. Anchored in the Tel Aviv/ Ramat Gan area, the ASTRA Spacetech accelerator will be focused on supporting spacetech and enabling technology startups with space applications.

benefits

Centralization
ASTRA is a one-of-a-kind initiative for industry, government, innovators, academia, and investors to accelerate early-stage space startups.

Commercial Experience
The Starburst team is dedicated to the success of each startup, bringing a mix of aerospace leaders, experts, and global mentors.

Mentorship
Engage with top tier global industry experts from the Starburst and ASTRA network.

Validation
Opportunity for technology validation in the startup nation, with multiple key players in the industry.

program timeline

APPLICATION WINDOW OPEN

Program announcement
January 20, 2022
Application release
July 1st, 2022
External Kick off Event
January 20, 2022
Application close
August 09, 2022
Program commencement
September 9th, 2022
Demo day
December 21st, 2022

TECHNOLOGY SCOPE

The ASTRA program is sourcing for all technologies related to space exploration, commercialization , and development. These technologies can come in several of the following verticals:

TECHNOLOGY SCOPE

The ASTRA program is sourcing for all technologies related to space exploration, commercialization , and development. These technologies can come in several of the following verticals:

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SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
  • Laser Communications
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QUANTUM SENSORS AND COMPUTING
  • Quantum Key Generation and Distribution
  • Innovative Radar, Accelerometers, lMU’s sensors
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ENERGY AND CLEANTECH
  • Electric Propulsion
  • Battery Technologies
  • Hydrogen Infrastructure
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Advanced Communication
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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
  • Digital Twin & Operations
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Human Centered Design & Smart Textile
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SENSORS & DATA FUSION
  • Space situational awareness
  • Earth Observation
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ROBOTICS
  • In-Space Manufacturing and Servicing
  • Autonomy Supervision
  • Future Robotic Interfaces
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MOBILITY
  • Space Vehicles and Infrastructure
  • Precise Positioning and Timing
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OPTOELECTRONIC TECH
  • Advanced Optical Sensors
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NANOTECHNOLOGY
  • Nano paint, powders and coatings

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