The Department of Defense (DoD) is offering $100,000 for the manufacture of a “small, unmanned air vehicle” (UAV) system.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) are overseeing the UAVForge initiative, which is a collaborative project to design and build advanced UAV systems.
Under UAVForge rules, contestants have access to a website where needed tools are available promoting collaboration independent of geographic location, education, profession, or experience. Contestants are encouraged to use the website to build teams, collaborate, design, develop and vote on various small UAV designs, the DoD says.
Individuals, ad hoc teams or any other formative organizations are encouraged to submit innovative ideas, designs, algorithms, materials, etc. where others involved with the project “can respond, vote, comment and contribute,” according the DoD.
A top manufacturing company will also be selected to participate to provide designers with insight and expertise throughout the competition. The best vehicles will be determined by a vote of peers, along with input from the manufacturer, the DoD says. The top teams will be invited to a competition fly-off where the winning team will receive a $100,000 prize, a subcontract with a manufacturer to produce a limited number of systems, and an invitation to demonstrate the winning UAV design solution in an exclusive operational military demonstration.