Air Force wants collision-avoidance technology for drones

The Air Force is seeking information on industry qualifications and capability concepts as a precursor to issuing a request for proposals for its Airborne Sense and Avoid Program for unmanned aircraft, according to a July 3 notice on the FedBizOpps website.

The Aeronautical Systems Center's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Special Operations Force Directorate wants information on hardware and software that would provide universal sensor, sensor fusion and avoidance maneuver capabilities for the unmanned aircraft systems, the notice said.

The effort will build on technologies demonstrated earlier by the Air Force Research Lab's Multiple Intruder Avoidance Algorithm program, the notice said. Responses are due August 3.

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