Air Force surveys industry for companies able to design UAV common sense-and-avoid system
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 Oct. 2013. U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts are looking for defense contractors able to design an airborne sense-and-avoid system that could be installed on a wide variety of UAVs to enable the unmanned aircraft to operate safely alongside commercial aircraft in civil airspace.
Air Force officials have issued a request for information (FA8620-14-R-4000) for the Common-Airborne Sense and Avoid (C-ABSAA) program, which seeks companies able to integrate Air Force-developed UAV sense-and-avoid technology into a system applicable to many kinds of UAVs.
Sponsoring the industry survey are officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance & Special Operations Forces (ISR & SOF) Directorate (AFLCMC/WI) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Officials want responses from industry by 25 Oct. 2013.
The goal of the C-ABSAA program is to enable the Air Force to get blanket FAA approval to operate UAVs in unrestricted U.S. airspace by satisfying the FAA's see-and-avoid requirement. The survey is for information only and will not result in a contract.
The C-ABSAA System must account for cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft in all classes of airspace, including the terminal area. The system also must develop display technology that will accommodate a wide variety of ground stations.
Companies interested should respond with a description of capabilities and relevant past experience. Joint ventures or teaming arrangements are encouraged. Email responses no later than 25 Oct. 2013 to the Air Force's William Smith at William.Smith11@wpafb.af.mil.
Email questions or concerns to William Smith at William.Smith11@wpafb.af.mil. Companies also may contact the C-ABSAA ombudsman, Jill Willingham, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 937-255-5472.
More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/ASC/FA862014R4000/listing.html.