FreeFall Aerospace LogoFreeFall Aerospace has been selected to participate in the 2024 National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Emerge Accelerator program! 🛰️ ✨ As a company dedicated to providing low-cost antenna technology for ground and space applications, this cohort is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to advancing technology for civilian and military markets.

The Emerge Accelerator is a 12-week program to propel venture creation and accelerate technology transition. It brings together DoD mission partners and emerging technology teams. What sets the NSIN Emerge Accelerator apart is its focus on facilitating collaboration between cutting-edge companies and top research universities. FreeFall’s Aman Chandra, Ph.D., is not only a University of Arizona alum but also leads our effort in this accelerator as our Senior Engineer for Aerospace Systems R&D.

FreeFall looks forward to leveraging this opportunity to pursue federal and commercial markets and strengthen our capabilities for doing business with the federal government and private sector.

“This journey wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible team, partners, the University of Arizona, and the NSIN – National Security Innovation Network community. We are excited about the possibilities and committed to making a lasting impact in satellite communications.”- Julie Bonner, Director of Communications

NSIN Official Press Release

The Emerge Accelerator connects DoD mission partners with emerging technology teams and startups at our nation’s top research universities.

Cutting-edge companies will demonstrate how intellectual property from top research universities can be commercialized for dual-use, civilian, and military markets during the next cohort of National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)’s Emerge Accelerator program.

The 12-week program offers participants funding to accelerate venture creation and technology transition. The program also offers access to feedback, advisors, and potential partners from the DoD and private industry. While pursuing federal and commercial markets is highly encouraged, the NSIN Emerge Accelerator excels at providing new ventures with the tools necessary to do business with the federal government and the private sector.

13 companies representing 13 unique academic institutions were accepted into the 2024 NSIN Emerge Accelerator. The teams have reached a Technology Readiness Level(TRL) of 4 (validation in a relevant environment) or greater, and have a technology vertical focus on artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), deep tech, autonomy, cyber security, and other general technology solutions.

Meet the 2024 Emerge Accelerator Cohort

ARMADA Marine Robotics, Inc.

Academic Institution: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

ARMADA provides industry and the government with an innovative hardware platform and a cost-efficient operations model that will revolutionize in situ ocean monitoring at scale.

Covert Defenses

Academic Institution: Purdue University

Covert Defenses enables zero-downtime operation of industrial control systems in cyber-contested environments. Their solution allows for continuous operations, even if penetrated by an insider.

EMP Technology Solutions

Academic Institution: University of Texas at Dallas

EMP Technology Solutions has developed a system for radioisotope identification that is portable, scalable, modular, and network-compatible. Their system works quickly, detecting and identifying radioactive threats in about five seconds.

Fourier LLC

Academic Institution: Northeastern University

Fourier is commercializing the breakthrough platform technology of thermoformable technical ceramics. The company is bringing large-scale production to the manufacturing of technical ceramic parts for the first time.

FreeFall Aerospace, Inc.

Academic Institution: The University of Arizona

FreeFall Aerospace develops low-cost antennas for ground and space. The company’s flexible designs have dramatically lower maintenance needs, saving industry and the government time and money on sustainment operations.

L5vel Inc.

Academic Institution: Texas A&M University

L5vel is developing autonomy for all-terrain logistics. Its product, L5vel Prime, automates all-terrain forklifts.


Academic Institution: Harvard University

MicroAvionics is developing innovative levitation technology to enable flight in the mesosphere (50-100 km altitudes). The technology uses sunlight to generate thrust, eliminating the need for onboard fuel or power, offering a sustainable method to carry near-space payloads in a region that is inaccessible to conventional aircraft and satellites.

Mithril Technologies, Inc.

Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Mithril Technologies, Inc. is developing and commercializing a new type of space-based mesh reflector antenna using a unique electrostatic actuation technology invented at MIT to enable active beam focusing, shaping and steering. This active control allows flexibility in GEO satellite communications & jamming, signal intelligence, and space-based weather monitoring, with lighter & simpler structures than phased arrays.


Academic Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio

ModiFly offers an affordable drone networking solution with edge and cloud AI processing, supporting dynamic mission demands through plug-and-play modules.


Academic Institution: New York University

Pi-Radio builds software-defined radios (SDRs) that enable wireless systems prototypes for communications, sensing, and electronic warfare to be built quickly and affordably. Pi-Radio has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) SBIR/STTR programs.

Refined Imaging LLC.

Academic Institution: Louisiana State University

Refined Imaging applies new X-ray and neutron imaging technology, along with key collaborators, to develop the secure supply chain.

SoloPulse Corp.

Academic Institution: Georgia Tech

SoloPulse unlocks sensing infrastructure without the need for new hardware. With the rise of autonomy, advanced threats, and the need for more intelligible data, SoloPulse offers the necessary solutions for fast, cost-effective, high-fidelity data from any existing sensor. By introducing the capability to see from any sensor, SoloPulse is changing how the world sees.

Spectrum Defense Systems

Academic Institutions: Purdue University and Ohio Northern University

Spectrum Defense Systems is a DoD-focused startup focused on providing electronic warfare decoy capabilities to the U.S Army. Its flagship product is the Dynamic Radio Emulator System (DRES).

About National Security Innovation Network

NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense, nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.