NASA invites small business applicants to demonstrate technology to safeguard autonomous flight

Applicants can now apply to participate in the Safeguard with Autonomous Navigation Demonstration (SAND) Challenge launched by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in August 2019. The challenge addresses safety critical risks associated with flying UAVs in the national airspace system including: flight outside of approved airspace; unsafe proximity to people or property; and critical system failure.

NASA aims to demonstrate technology can assure safe operations of autonomous vehicles and promote public confidence in autonomy and Beyond Line of Visual Sight (BVLOS) operations. The project makes use of NASA’s patented Safeguard technology which will fly on board competitors’ vehicles while navigating the course, set in the context of a post-natural disaster scenario. Small business competitors will provide their own drones, to navigate a simulated post-natural disaster event.

The SANS Challenge aims to help prepare small businesses for the competitive future of UAV flight and showcase a practical and attainable use case for UAVs.

Registration deadline: 15 April 2020

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