Open Challenges

Open Challenges

There are currently two Open Challenges that AFWERX is running. These challenges are open to industry, academia, startups, and individuals with innovative solutions to address the challenge topic.

USAF New Helmet System Open Challenge


The USAF has allocated  up to $20 million to redesign and replace the Fixed Wing (plane) helmet used by pilots and aircrew. Whether you make or design entire helmet systems or just components that are, or might be related, we’re challenging you to help us create the helmet of the future. 

This challenge is a new initiative for USAF and uses the AFWERX team and process to find people with the ideas, components, materials and technologies to improve the Fixed Wing Aircrew Helmet. Even if you aren’t sure your technology could be used in a USAF helmet still submit your ideas so we can engage with you.

The helmet of tomorrow needs to be lightweight, comfortable, stable, improved noise protection, have better thermal management and the ability to tailor the helmet for different needs.

Ultimately, our goal is to enhance aircrew performance, safety and satisfaction.

Join the Challenge!

Revolutionizing Pilot Training Open Challenge

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Whether you are an aircraft enthusiast, learning expert, or tech industry specialist, we want to hear from you as we continue to refine the Air Force’s Pilot Training program.

This challenge is the next phase for the Air Force to uncover new ideas and improvements to the “Pilot Training Next” program. Your technology could be used to assist in an Air Force aviation training program, please submit your ideas and we will then be able to engage with you!

Join the Challenge!