Department of Homeland Security seeks industry partners to test sUAS GPS integrity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recognizes the importance of accurate and precise position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information to sUAS operations and has a dedicated multi-year programme to address GPS vulnerabilities in sUAS, with a multi-pronged approach of conducting vulnerability and impact assessments, developing mitigations, exploring complementary timing technologies, and engaging with industry through outreach events and meetings.

Through these sustained efforts, the goal of the program is to increase the resiliency of GPS vulnerabilities in the near term future. As part of outreach efforts, DHS S&T continues to host a series of demonstration opportunities for stakeholders to demonstrate equipment in unique live-sky signal environments that are only legally possible to create under controlled conditions authorized by the U.S. Government.

DHS S&T invites sUAS and sUAS GPS equipment manufacturers to submit applications for participation to the 2018 GPS Equipment Demonstration for sUAS event. This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. Respondents must either (1) have ownership of any intellectual property submitted for the purposes of participating in the event or (2) possess sufficient rights to permit the use of the technology.

The purpose of this event is to provide manufacturers of sUAS and commercial GPS receivers used in UAS the opportunity to perform equipment demonstration in a rarely available live-sky spoofing environment. All systems are required to be installed on a flyable sUAS. The intent is that the data collected by participants in such an environment will help to inform the development of mitigations in future equipment revisions and/or firmware updates and to foster adoption of mitigations and best practices.

Solicitation number: 70RSAT18RFI000012

Deadline: 3 August 2018

Responsible authority: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Borders and Maritime Security Division

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