U.S. Air Force officials have issued a request for information (FA8620-14-R-4000) for the Common-Airborne Sense and Avoid (C-ABSAA) program, which seeks companies able to integrate Air Force-developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sense-and-avoid technology into a system that could be installed on a wide variety of UAVs to enable them to operate safely alongside commercial aircraft in civil airspace.
Sponsoring the industry survey are officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance & Special Operations Forces (ISR & SOF) Directorate (AFLCMC/WI) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The goal of the C-ABSAA program is to enable the Air Force to get blanket FAA approval to operate UAVs in unrestricted U.S. airspace by satisfying the FAA’s see-and-avoid requirement. The survey is for information only and will not result in a contract.
The C-ABSAA System must account for cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft in all classes of airspace, including the terminal area. The system also must develop display technology that will accommodate a wide variety of ground stations.
Companies interested should respond with a description of capabilities and relevant past experience. Joint ventures or teaming arrangements are encouraged.
Email responses no later than Oct. 25, 2013 to the Air Force’s William Smith at William.Smith11@wpafb.af.mil.
Questions or concerns may also be emailed to Smith at the same address.