UAS & Robotics

Office of Naval Research department soliciting for RQ-21A drone improvements

The Office of Naval Research, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism S&T Department (ONR 30) is soliciting whitepapers and proposals for the applied research and advanced technology developments. ONR 30 is looking for innovative technological solutions that enable an integrated payload that is compatible with the RQ-21A drone payload.

The RQ-21A Integrator has a common ground controls system, catapult launcher and Skyhook recovery system. It also has a 37.5 payload capacity that includes day/night full-motion video camera, an infrared marker and laser range finder and automatic identification system receivers. The RQ-21A can reach altitudes up to 16,000 feet with a 15 hour endurance.

The overall goal of the solicitation is to foster new developments which may ultimately lead to future operational capabilities beyond those represented by current acquisition programs and requirements. Required capabilities include a very high spectral sensing coverage rate in the shortwave infrared band and autonomous identification of objects, behaviors and materials of interest with real-time dissemination to warfighters, among others.

The due date for whitepapers is August 12.

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