BLUFIn 2015, the US Defense Department aimed to lessen dependence on Russian rocket engines by encouraging commercial companies and USA Startups.
1. Startups see Defense Dept. as the initial customer for tech validation before going commercial.
2. They offer flexible subsystems for Defense Dept. research integration.
3. HyCAT uses commercial resources for hypersonic testing.
4. Pentagon, Navy collaborate on MACH-TB hypersonic with diverse firms.
5. Defense Dept. providing testing venues for startups suggested.