Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
AFRL’s APTO challenges the public to come up with an improved method for dropping humanitarian aid to the public and vital supplies to the warfighter. It will replace the current mobile weather system.
The ability to quickly and accurately collect and assess atmospheric changes to execute military and humanitarian operations is critical to today’s warfighter executing missions in increasingly remote and complex battlespaces. Current mobile weather platforms, used since the 1960s, rely on helium—a heavy, scarce and costly resource—carried by hand to remote regions.
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Power Technology Office is turning to the public as they seek a creative, cost effective solution to the mobile weather challenge—with $27,000 in prize money up for grabs.
In partnership with the Wright Brothers Institute, Air Force Special Operations Command and the Battlefield Airmen System Program Office, the APTO team challenges public innovators with this challenge.
Details:Innovators are asked to design a system able to sense wind direction and speed, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and density altitude from ground level up to 10,000 feet. This aerial platform must be capable of carrying sensors to the proper altitude to gather data that can be assessed by operators on-the-spot to determine optimal drop points for mission activities.
The overall best system proposal will receive $15,000 in prize money, with the second place winner awarded $9,000 for overall capability and a single part solution winner awarded $3,000 for the proposal that best solves either 1) the transport concept (getting the sensor to altitude) or 2) the sensor concept (collecting and transmitting data) better than the first and second place winners.
Challenge and prize competitions are one resource that federal agencies use to drive innovation by inviting the public to help to solve perplexing, mission-centric dilemmas. An agency “seeker” poses a problem or question to the public, and “solvers” respond and submit solutions.
Innovators can submit proposals through www.challenge.gov, which is the government’s vehicle for seeking novel solutions to agency problems using tools such as prizes and challenges.
Systems that meet minimum requirements will be graded against each other based on their ability to go even higher, be automated and maintain low costs.
To learn more and to submit a proposal, visit https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mobile-weather-station/.
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, May 18, 2017 - 5 p.m. ET, Jul 18, 2017
Public Voting Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Jul 19, 2017 - 12 a.m. ET, Jul 22, 2017
Judging Dates: Jul 25, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017Winners Announced: Aug 01, 2017
The AFRL APTO team and the Wright Brothers Institute will review the proposals to determine the best solution for an efficient, cost-effective system that meets the warfighter needs.