Spacewerx Shaping our future in space


Spacewerx Group Photo

As the innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force and a unique division within AFWERX, SpaceWERX inspires and empowers collaboration with innovators to accelerate capabilities and shape our future in space. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SpaceWERX employs 40 military, civilian and contractor personnel executing an annual $457 million budget.

Additionally, SpaceWERX partners with Space Systems Command’s Commercial Space Office (COMSO) as a collaborative program. Since it was aligned under AFRL in Aug. 2021, SpaceWERX has executed 1106 contracts worth more than $897 million to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability.

Orbital Prime has officially launched! Watch it here.

Get involved with SpaceWERX

Join us on our mission to shape our future in space and find out what opportunities are best for you.

We are...

Space Ventures

Investing in emerging dual-use technologies to broaden defense opportunities and expand Space Force capabilities to build the 21st-century industrial base.
Learn More

Space Spark

Inspiring and enabling Guardians to unleash their potential and to drive capability development that increases the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of life of the Guardian.
Learn More

Space Prime

Expanding technology transition paths to accelerate emerging dual-use markets by leveraging government resources for rapid and affordable fielding.
Learn More


Providing a path for commercialization for the most promising small business technology.
Learn More


AFWERX transitioning agile, affordable, and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent.
Learn More

In The News

SpaceWERX completes Innovate to Accelerate workshop
Arthur Grijalva, SpaceWERX Director, welcomes guests during opening remarks at the inaugural I2A Expo Day event in El Segundo, California, April 25, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Breana Isley)

SpaceWERX completes Innovate to Accelerate workshop

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - SpaceWERX completed the capstone event for its inaugural Innovate to Accelerate (I2A) program at the SpaceWERX hub at the BR-DGE, in El Segundo, California......
Read More
SpaceWERX, Aerospace Corporation collaborate to guide technologies through the 'Valley of Death'

SpaceWERX, Aerospace Corporation collaborate to guide technologies through the 'Valley of Death'

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFRL) - SpaceWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force and a unique division within AFWERX, has partnered with the Aerospace Corporation to establish a......
Read More
Whiteboard filled with ideas

SpaceWERX launches Tactically Responsive Space Challenge Definition Workshop

LAS VEGAS – In an effort to generate new ideas and cutting-edge orbital defense technologies, SpaceWERX hosted a Tactically Responsive Space, or TacRS, Challenge Definition Workshop at the AFWERX Inno...
Read More
AFWERX Accelerate banner

SpaceWERX launches during day one of AFWERX Accelerate

AFWERX Accelerate wrapped-up a weeklong virtual event featuring 179 speakers and 7,000+ registrants with discussions on...
Read More
AFWERX logo banner

SpaceWERX launch drives AFWERX small business focus on universities and on-orbit capability

On August 19, SpaceWERX will officially launch. The kickoff will include a virtual Space Force Pitch Day highlighting the key partnership...
Read More
Space sustainability graphic

SpaceWERX awards 124 Orbital Prime contracts

The SpaceWERX Orbital Prime program awarded 124 Phase 1 contracts from June 15 to Sept. 22, 2022, each with a five-month term valued at $250,000...
Read More
All News