US seeks next generation small drones and will have flyoff November 2018

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) was soliciting for drones that can deliver a 5-pound package over 100 kilometers in hot and tough environment. They are looking for unmanned aerial vehicle system that supports refrigeration or other means of temperature control.

Special Ops Command has updated the specs to 10 pounds of blood delivered over a hundred miles when the temperatures are around 35 to 40 degrees Farenheit during the flight.

SOCOM is looking for small drones to operate when the US has contested air situations.

* Nano drones weighing about 75 grams (0.165 pounds) while offering day and night imaging, autonomous flight modes and indoor flight capability.

* A 1.5 pound Micro drone that can operate day or night and in all weather and in underground tunnels and caves.

* 7.5 pound vertical take-off fixed-wing drone then does not need launch or recovery equipment.

USSOCOM Next Generation Identification Awareness

USSOCOM is seeking technologies available now, under development, or anticipated to be developed in the next 3-5 years. The NGIA technology focus areas are:

• Standoff biometrics (face, gait, other)
• Micro/nano technology
• Internet-connected home devices (e.g. smart TVs and appliances)
• Metadata analysis
• Edge computing
• Unattended sensors
• Autonomous vehicles
• Long-duration power
• Meshed networking
• Multi-domain sensor fusion
• Full EM spectrum detection

Previous Thunderdrone Event

Dedrone, the market and technology leader in airspace security, won first place at ThunderDrone’s “Game of Drones” outdoor demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base and AFWERX enclave, June 18-20.

Hosted by AFWERX, Team Dedrone bested five other teams in the last of three ThunderDrone rapid prototyping events focusing on countering small, unmanned aerial drones.

Team Dedrone successfully demonstrated the capabilities of a layered detection, tracking, classification and mitigation solution that defends protected airspace against aerial drone threats.

Initially, 93 counter-drone technology companies formed teams and were narrowed down through a series of three rapid prototyping events.The Dedrone platform is a fully automatic counter-drone solution, designed to detect, classify and mitigate drone-based threats. Dedrone’s software, DroneTracker, gathers intelligence from Dedrone’s RF sensors, Echodyne’s MESA™ radar and Squarehead Discovair acoustic sensor.

Once DroneTracker makes a positive identification of a drone, Battelle’s non-kinetic defense system, DroneDefender™, is automatically triggered to defeat the drone and eliminate the threat.

The Dedrone platform combines hardware sensors and machine-learning software, providing early warning, classification of and mitigation against all drone threats. Based in San Francisco, Dedrone was founded in 2014.ThunderDrone is a U.S. Special Operations Command and SOFWERX initiative dedicated to drone prototyping, which focuses on exploring drone technologies through idea formation, testing and demonstrating efforts that are being conducted collaboratively with the Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office.


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