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Novel Passive sUAS Detection and/or Tracking System

USSOCOM S&T is looking for novel passive systems to detect and/or track sUAS systems in all-weather conditions.



Planning to Submit: 37 Submissions: 0

Objective: USSOCOM Science and Technology (S&T) is looking for passive systems (re: non-emitting) that detect and/or track sUAS systems in all-weather conditions. The solutions proposed can be 1) man-packable, 2) vehicle borne, or 3) Forward Operating Base (FOB) sized capabilities since SOF is interested in all three levels and/or types of counter sUAS capabilities. Novel, potentially high-risk and disruptive concepts that bring new ideas and/or capabilities are highly desired. Beyond line of sight (BLOS) detection and/or tracking is not required but is highly desired.

Timeline: This prize challenge criteria is based on the disruptive nature of the technology as well as the ability of the submitter to conduct rapid technical sprints allowing the project to be demonstrated (or debunked) in 30 days.

12 August: Challenge Q&A Telecom at 1500 ET (Click Here to Review Q&A) 
14 August: Phase I – Submissions Deadline
15 August: USSOCOM reviews submissions and selects two awardees for $10K cash prize
16 August: Awardees Notified
19 August: Awardees will have the opportunity to complete B2B agreements with SOFWERX to develop prototypes ($100K total available)
26 September: Phase II – Prototype Demonstrations
30 September: Phase III – Deployment of the system for test and user evaluation

How Can You Can Participate:
1. Review challenge use case: Click Here to Review
2. Review evaluation criteria
3. Join the Challenge Q&A Telecom on 12 August at 1500 ET: Click Here to RSVP 
4. Develop a white paper outlining an approach that meets the requirements: Click Here to Download White Paper Template
5. Submit the concept white paper describing your solution

Concepts will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Technical merit of the solution
  • Ability to develop a demonstrable, complete prototype system in 30 days
  • Cost to develop system within 30 days
  • Novelty of the system

Phase I: Two winners will be selected for a $10,000 cash award ($20,000 total).

Phase II: Winners from Phase I will be invited to complete a B2B agreement to demonstrate and deliver their system to USSOCOM personnel ($100,000 total available).


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