This multi-phase prize challenge will be conducted during the period of 27 September 2019 through 31 January 2020. During Phase-1 of the challenge, the Government sponsor will review applications and white papers to select Phase-2 invitees. Phase-2 will involve a fly-off competition during the week of 27 January 2020 in Yuma, Arizona. This fly-off will help to evaluate the state-of-the-art in relevant technologies, inform future acquisition strategies, and satisfy merit-based competition for potential Other Transaction (OT) awards for prototyping and procurement.
Invited participants who compete in the Phase-2 Fly-Off will receive a monetary award of $10,000 to help defray the costs of participation. Additionally, three cash prizes will be awarded at the completion of the Fly-Off to the winners selected by the Government sponsor: $100,000 for first place, $75,000 for second place, and $50,000 for third place.
Prize challenge participants will be required to demonstrate ground set-up and flight preparation procedures for their UAS, perform a refueling/battery replacement demonstration, and perform up to three autonomous flights. During the first flight, participating air vehicles must transport their maximum payload via GPS waypoints to a landing site 5km away, detach the cargo (either manually or automatically), then return to the original launch site. During the second flight, participating air vehicles must fly with a Government provided plastic water-filled 5-gallon jerrycan over a closed course to demonstrate the maximum range of the vehicle. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform an optional ungraded third flight to demonstrate unique features or capabilities. The air vehicle must complete each flight without refueling or recharging.
Winners will be determined by the Government using a best value approach, which includes evaluation of the application white papers, the Fly-Off Rubric score, and the estimated single unit production cost of participating air vehicles. The Fly-Off Rubric will be provided to competitors along with their Phase-2 Fly-Off invitation package.
Submission Start/End: 8:00am EDT on 27 Sep 2019 until 11:59pm EDT on 18 Oct 2019.
Judging Start/End: 8:00am EDT on 21 Oct 2019 until 11:59pm EST on 31 Jan 2020.
Winners Announced: No Later than 31 Jan 2020.
- First Place: $100,000
- Second Place: $75,000
- Third Place: $50,000