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.

Oct 11th, 2013
Air Force surveys industry for companies able to design UAV common sense-and-avoid system
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 jill.willingham@wpafb.af.mil, or by phone at 937-255-5472.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/ASC/FA862014R4000/listing.html.

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