In response to a Congressional requirement, the FAA is partnering with qualified commercial entities who will match our $6M pledge to perform UAS integration-related work at the UAS Test Sites. The announcement was made via a Broad Agency Announcement. These partnerships will help bridge the gap between industry and the Test Sites to tackle some of our most difficult technical and operational challenges. This partnership will help UAS test sites to demonstrate or validate technologies essential to the safe integration of UAS in the NAS.
Applicants must demonstrate an agreement with a test site, and commit to matching funds. Selections are based on technical importance and funding, and with consideration of each of the test sites. Companies must have the technical capability to work on these essential integration technologies:
- Develop and enforce geographic and altitude limitations (Geo-fencing);
- Provide for alerts by the manufacturer of an unmanned aircraft system regarding any hazards or limitations on flight, including prohibition on flight as necessary;
- Sense and avoid capabilities (DAA);
- Beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations (BVLOS);
- Night time operations;
- Operations over people;
- Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems;
- Unmanned aircraft systems traffic management (UTM);
- Other critical research priorities; and
- Improve privacy protections through the use of advances in unmanned aircraft systems technology.
How to Apply
The application process has two steps. Step 1 is a white paper package which is due by June 28, 2019. If that package is accepted, a full proposal must be submitted by July 31, 2019. The FAA expects to award contracts by September 30, 2019.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.