UAS Challenge Details

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Countering Unauthorized UAS: What to Expect

This MITRE Challenge consists of two phases. In the first phase, participants will submit white papers that describe how their systems work.  From this pool, a subset of applicants will be selected to participate in the second phase, which consists of a live flight technical evaluation.

Phase 1: November 9, 2015 to February 7, 2016

Those interested in participating in the MITRE Challenge must submit a white paper outlining their approach and a Participant Agreement. Requirements for the white paper are available on the Submission page. MITRE will hold a webinar on December 2, 2015, to discuss the Challenge, explain the submission process and participation requirements, and answer questions. Details of the webinar will be posted on November 23, 2015.

Applicants must submit their white papers and signed Participants Agreement by February 7, 2016 (11:59 PM EST).

MITRE will establish a panel, consisting of domain and technical experts from MITRE and U.S. Federal Agencies to review the papers and MITRE will select a subset of participants to continue to Phase 2. MITRE will inform those participants whose entries will not be proceeding to Phase 2 in early March. Participants still under consideration at that time will be asked to provide a video or other photographic evidence to verify their Technical Readiness Level.  In May 2016 MITRE will notify participants selected for Phase 2. MITRE will provide the details of the live flight competition, including date and location, at that time.

Phase 2: Early Fall 2016

MITRE will host a live flight assessment of systems in the fall of 2016 in an operationally realistic environment. During the test, competitors must: 1) detect UAS in flight, track, and determine which are threats based on a geographic location and the UAS’ flight trajectory, and 2) interdict UAS characterized as threats by forcing them to be recovered in a safe area with payloads intact.

Teams will be scored based on how accurately they can determine which small UAS are threats (based on their flight trajectory), as well as on whether interdiction is performed in a safe and timely manner.