Roper highlighted the importance of accelerating “Q-Day.”
“What we hope to do in the Air Force and Space Force, with Rome Lab’s leading the charge, is to put year after year, routine demand, routine challenges and most importantly, routine funding, to bring Q-Day, the day that we get that quantum technology over the goal line and into a warfighters hand earlier,” Roper said.
At the conclusion of this event, the Air Force awarded 35 Phase I STTR contracts for $150,000 each.
“With the alliance of partners that we have cultivated across academia and industry, we are excited and committed to bring Q-Day for the Air Force and Nation on an accelerated timeline,” said Col. Timothy Lawrence, director of AFRL’s Information Directorate. “We will continue to invest in pitch events like this that expand our government ecosystem by leveraging academia/corporate investment, and look forward to the grand opening of our Quantum Innovation Center of Excellence here in Rome, N.Y., this summer,” he said.