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Total funding available for this competition is £500,000.
Competition closes on Thursday 19 February 2015 at 5pm.
This competition seeks novel technologies to create a small, simple, crewless sensor platform that can maintain capability after assault from the detonation of a buried charge.
There have been many instances of the development of crewless (remotely controlled) sensor platforms in all domains. In the ground domain many of the examples are highly capable and versatile machines but they are often no more robust against blast or impact assault than an equivalent crewed platform.
We’re looking for proposals for the design and build of proof-of-concept demonstrators. These must:
move under remote control
remotely control a camera
transmit the image information from the camera to a base station
The demonstrator must be optimised against assault from a buried charge.
Required deliverables are:
a report detailing the design methodology and the reasoning behind the choice of design and technology to give optimum survivability
the proof-of-concept demonstrator for testing (the demonstrator itself will remain the property of the developer and will be returned after testing)
a report detailing the results of the testing, with analysis of any component failure
Each demonstrator will be tested by Dstl. This will involve being exposed, while active, to successively increasing buried charge detonation, starting from a low net explosive quantity. Survivability will be assessed by functionality being retained throughout the blast trial.
To improve likelihood of exploitation, we encourage proposals from partnerships between industry and academia.