Starburst Aerospace Partners with Airbus Defence and Space to Launch the Combat Cloud Accelerator

Starburst Aerospace Partners with Airbus Defence and Space to Launch the Combat Cloud Accelerator


Taufkirchen, Germany – June 4, 2024


In a collaborative effort, Starburst Aerospace and Airbus Defence and Space are proud to jointly announce the new Combat Cloud Accelerator, designed to source innovative solutions for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). Set to launch in July 2024, the accelerator program targets small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups, fostering the development of dual-use and defense applications.


The FCAS project, spanning Germany, France, and Spain, is spearheading Europe’s Next Generation Weapon System (NWGS) for 2040, with a focus on integrating disruptive Combat Cloud technologies, including AI, Cybersecurity, Supercomputing, RF Communication, Optical Communication & Photonics. Through the Combat Cloud Accelerator, Airbus Defence and Space aims to cultivate a dual-use environment for emerging European companies, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation within the FCAS initiative.


Airbus Defence and Space, a leading aerospace and defense company, specializes in advanced technologies for space exploration, satellite systems, military aircraft and digital services. With a global presence and a legacy of innovation, they provide cutting-edge solutions for both civilian and military applications, shaping the future of aerospace.


As an innovation catalyst in the Aerospace and Defense industry, Starburst brings over a decade of expert experience building vibrant and ever-growing aerospace and defense innovation ecosystems with leading corporate and government partners across the globe.


Integrating non-traditional innovators into the defense ecosystem is key to advancing the Future Combat Air System. This accelerator program will bring disruptive technologies into the Combat Cloud, ensuring seamless connectivity and enhanced capabilities for the future of European defense operations.



About Starburst Aerospace

Founded in 2012, Starburst is an innovation catalyst in the global Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry. Combining three complementary activities–startup accelerators, strategy consulting, and venture investments–they help A&D stakeholders innovate, navigate and invest in the dynamic ecosystem. With offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Madrid, and Washington D.C., the team has built a robust community with 60+ partners and a portfolio of 140+ startups. Starburst’s leading Flagship Accelerator program helps startups scale their business in aviation, space, and defense, as well as enabling technologies, with access to one of the largest groups of corporate representatives, government stakeholders, and private investors in the world to help startups win their first contracts. More information about Starburst can be found at


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group, responsible for defense and aerospace products and services. The company designs, develops, and manufactures military aircraft, space systems, and related systems and services. More information about Airbus Defence and Space can be found at


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