Mr. Jim "hondo" Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, posted the following message to LinkedIn on 5-DEC:
"Got UAS? Your US Navy is looking for you. We need the capability to autonomously deliver cargo with an unmanned aerial system (UAS) between shore-to-ship, ship-to-ship, and ship-to-shore. During the week of 25 March 2019, the Navy will hold a limited objective experiment to identify and evaluate solutions to address this need.
The objective of this experiment is to autonomously transport a 20 pound payload with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). UAV shall autonomously launch from a fixed shore base, navigate through two waypoints to a vessel in open water making bare steerageway at 3-5 knots (kts) no less than 25 nautical miles (NM) away, loiter for 10 minutes, then autonomously land aboard the vessel.
The UAV will then be required to autonomously launch from the vessel with the same 20 pound payload and return to the initial shore-based launch site. The UAV must transit at an airspeed no less than 40 knots and an altitude no greater than 2000 feet above ground level (AGL). For technical questions contact Bill Macchione by email at William.email@example.com, or by phone at 301-247-4008."
For more information, please see the notice in FedBizOpps.