8 finalists will compete in MITRE’s Countering Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) $100K Challenge.

The MITRE C-UAS Challenge attracted entries from a variety of innovators on how to detect and identify suspicious small drones (under 5 lbs.) and interdict those that present a safety or
security threat.

We received 42 submissions consisting of white papers that described each participant’s technical approach to detecting and/or neutralizing unauthorized drones in an urban environment. All of the white papers were reviewed by the core Challenge team and a panel of more than 35 domain and technical experts from MITRE and a number of U.S. federal agencies.

The finalists are:

  • DroneTracker system from DeDrone, Inc., Kassel, Germany, and San Francisco
  • MESMER system from Department 13 International, Columbia, Maryland
  • ICARUS system from Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Maryland
  • KNOX system, from MyDefence Communication ApS, Sundby, Denmark
  • Skywall 100 system from Open Works Engineering, Riding Mill, England
  • Dronebuster system from Radio Hill Technologies, Portland, Oregon
  • DroneBlocker system from TrustComs, Versailles, France
  • DroneRANGER system from Van Cleve & Associates, Alexandria, Virginia.

The live flight testing will be held August 12-19, 2016 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, which provides an urban-like setting to run our Red Team scenarios against the competitors.

The results of this challenge will help government agencies better understand what solutions are possible in this space and inform policy and requirement decisions.

If it rings a bell but you can’t quite remember why, MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. The contest was announced back in December 2015 so this is a pretty fast turn.

read more at MITRE.org


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