NIST – The Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge

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For questions about the Challenge or Official Rules, contact [email protected]

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES

Stage 1: CONCEPT PAPER CONTEST (open 1/8/18 – close 1/29/18)

Stage 2: STAGE 2: PROTOTYPING, HARDWARE BUILD, AND VIDEO TEST & EVALUATION CONTEST (open 2/5/18 – close 5/14/18)

Stage 3: LIVE TEST & EVALUATION CONTEST (open 5/20/18 – close 5/24/18)

Stages Contest Description Review Criteria Summary Number of Contestants Awards
1 Concept Papers Strategic Alignment & Technical Outcome; Feasibility & Team Open to all eligible contestants Invitation to introduction and challenge kickoff webinar.$20,000 for each team of contestants or contestant entering the contest.
2 Prototyping, Hardware Build, and Video Test & Evaluation Hardware component review & UAS specification and safety review, minimum flight time and payload achieved. up to 10 Access to NIST Robotics Test facility for Live Test and Evaluation contest.Up to $10,000 in invitational travel funding for each team of contestants or contestant entering the contest.
3 Live Test & Evaluation UAS specification andsafety review, minimum flight time and payload achieved. up to 10 First Place: $50,000Second Place: $40,000

Third Place: $30,000

Up to $4,000 in invitational travel funding for each team of contestants or contestant entering the contest to demonstrate their work at the PSCR Annual Stakeholders Meeting in June 2018.

This document outlines the official rules for the UAS Flight and Payload Challenge. Nothing within this document or in any documents supporting the UAS Flight and Payload Challenge shall be construed as obligating the Department of Commerce, NIST or any other Federal agency or instrumentality to any expenditure of appropriated funds, or any obligation or expenditure of funds in excess of or in advance of available appropriations.

SUMMARY OF CONTESTS

The following is a summary of each contest. For more information, please review the full terms and conditions for each contest as provided throughout this document.

STAGE 1: Concept Paper Contest

The Concept Paper Contest invites all eligible contestants to complete a concept paper outlining their knowledge, skills, capabilities and approach for this challenge. Contestants’ concept papers will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts and judges who will select those contestants to be invited to the challenge kickoff webinar. Contestants selected by the judge panel will be eligible to move forward to the Prototyping, Hardware Build and Video Test & Evaluation Contest.

STAGE 2: Prototyping, Hardware Build, and Video Test & Evaluation Contest

In this contest, the contestants will purchase or create the hardware necessary to implement the approach outlined within their concept paper. Contestants will purchase or create (for example, using 3D printing or machining) the hardware or parts necessary to build their prototype UAS to the specifications and required safety standards. Once the build is complete, contestants will be required to complete a series of Video Test & Evaluation flights designed to ensure the contestants complete minimum requirements for safety, hardware configuration, flight time and payload with their prototype UAS. Contestants who complete this stage successfully will receive an invitation to the NIST Robotics Test Facility and up to $10,000 in invitational travel funds to attend the final Live Test & Evaluation contest.

STAGE 3: Live Test & Evaluation Contest

The Live Test & Evaluation contest is the final contest of the series. Contestants will complete a series of live test flights to demonstrate their prototype UAS flight time and payload capabilities. All contestants UAS will be tested and evaluated. Contestants completing at least the minimum standards will be ranked and, based on those rankings, will receive up to $120,000 in award prizes. First place: $50,000, Second place: $40,000, and Third place: $30,000. In addition, up to $4,000 in invitational travel funding for each team of contestants or contestant entering the contest to demonstrate their work at the PSCR Annual Stakeholders Meeting in June 2018.

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