The headline news in the UAS world today is 3DR’s announcement of the Solo. It comes with an optional Go Pro gimbal and significantly more advanced control of the camera than previous or other consumer UAS. The 3DR website has a detailed summary of the features. The website has a lot of moving parts, so you can also check out the press release for a more text-based version of the announcement.
In short, it contains two computers and is designed for aerial photography/cinematography. One interesting feature is that it can lock onto a point, allowing the user to focus on independently controlling the camera. It also has a flight simulator for safe skill training and it has a 30 day money-back guarantee. All around, this looks like a highly advanced UAS that can be used by one of any skill level.
Other posts on 3DR:
USSOCOM’s Request for Proposals – Medium Endurance UAS
U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has put out a solicitation on FedBizOpps for a Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (MEUAS III) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services (Solicitation # H92222-15-R-0001). I’ve been writing about the potential opportunities for small businesses in the UAS arena who are willing and able to contract with the U.S. Government. It isn’t easy and roadblocks about (think “False Claims Act!), but it can be lucrative.
Some details of the proposal:
- There will be one, but possibly zero or more than one, IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) contracts awarded
- Period of Performance: 54-month Period of Performance, with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one 6-month ordering period
- The new requirement is being solicited under NAICS 541330 with a Small Business Size Standard of $15.0 Million (requirement is currently being performed by Boeing subsidiary Insitu)
- All personnel must have a Secret clearance with select personnel requiring Top Secret clearance, with the contractor having a TS certified facility
- Tasks: all planning, coordination, certification, installation, pre-deployment, deployment, logistics, maintenance, flying, and post-deployment efforts necessary to successfully conduct worldwide missions.
- Tasks orders will be issued based on mission-defined locations
- 300 to 1200 hours per month of near real-time feed of ISR data availability from customer processing systems.
- Contractors shall provide these services using non-developmental contractor-owned, contractor-operated unmanned aircraft systems.
- The solicitation is for a Line of Sight (LoS) UAS for 300-900 hours per site and a Beyond Line of Sight (BLoS) UAS for 500-1200 hours per site. Both requirements must be capable of fulfilling a simultaneous Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) and Electronic Warfare (EW) mission
The actual solicitation is unclassified but sensitive and not publicly available.