FreeFall Aerospace’s technology was recognized for a TechConnect Defense Innovation Award in 2017 and 2018 based on the potential positive impact for national security.

TechConnect Defense Innovation Award 2017 FreeFall
Defense Innovation Award 2018


Defense TechConnect (DTC) Summit, co-located with the Fall SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference and Operational Energy and Logistics Summit (OE&L), brings together defense, private industry, federal agency, and academic leadership to accelerate state-of-the-art technology solutions for the military and national security. This year’s key focus areas include but are not limited to energy, climate, cyber, biodefense, space, advanced manufacturing, and 5G.

The DTC supports innovation imperatives in the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and is a unique platform to reach thousands of public and private leaders focused on innovation and technology to support the warfighter.

The annual DTC is one of the most well-attended defense innovation conferences of the year.


  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • AI, Big Data, Analytics
  • Biodefense
  • C5ISR, Electronics & Comms
  • Cybersecurity (Networks & Physical Infrastructure)
  • Energy, Efficiency, Environmental, Climate Change
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • Nanotech & Advanced Materials
  • Sensors & Systems
  • Space Technologies
  • UAVs/Drones & Robotics

FreeFall Aerospace is developing revolutionary new antenna technology for ground, air, and space. Our innovative spherical antennas are drawing interest from various commercial and government organizations, offering a wide field of view, efficient beam steering, and low mass and power to dramatically simplify and improve satellite communications. FreeFall was founded in Tucson as a spin-off from the University of Arizona in 2016 and maintains a close connection with UA faculty and supporters.

TechConnect World Innovation Conference
For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo have connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The TechConnect World Innovation event includes the annual SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, Spring Defense TechConnect, the TechConnect Technical Program – more than 35 world-class technical symposiums, and the Nanotech Conference Series – the world’s largest and longest-running nanotechnology even