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ANTX Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is there an opportunity to meet one on one with the ANTX team before proposal is due?

A: No. To avoid partiality, we will not meeting with any interested vendors until afterwards. Only after we select a particular project will we have one on one conversations.

Potentially, in future events, we may be able to do a one-on-one meeting with the ANTX team, but this is not be available at this time.

 

Q2: What government organizations will be attending?  (Which Navy and USMC stakeholder organizations do you anticipate will observe the demo event?)

A: Different PMAs, OPNAV sponsors, as well as fleet participants will be invited.  There is no guarantee that any invited party will show up to the event.  If there is a specific PMA or Navy/ USMC sponsor you think should be invited, please note it on your application.  

 

Q3: What is a reasonable request for a demo duration? 1 hour? 1 day? Multiple days? (How many days will each participant have for the demonstration?)

A: This is part of the negotiation for the particular experiment event. You would have to tell us what reasonable time you need, at which point we would determine the assets availability during the negotiated time-period.

 

Q4: Is there a schedule established by theme or technology? What is the context of the demonstration (C5ISR, navigation, speed, mission performance, assurance levels, etc)?

A: The current theme is Joint War as Sea, but the technology we are looking for should fit a warfighter need and not necessarily fit into a specific theme. The schedule will be finalized a few weeks prior to the event occurring. Because this is a flight test, flexibility is required due to weather and maintenance issues tied to specific assets.

 

Q5: Can we plan for a shorter window on-site, to be more focused and keep costs in check?

A: The events will be coordinated to keep specific technology lumped together to minimize industry partners time in the Patuxent River/ Webster area. Note that we cannot promise good weather or asset availability on scheduled days, so the team will need to be flexible with the event schedule. We will do our best to minimize your travel time.  

 

Q6: How many applications will be accepted? Is there a ceiling? How many companies are participating?

A: There is no ceiling for applications. We will limit participants based on ability to execute within the test period.

 

Q7: Will a list of attendees be provided?

A: As part of the final schedule of events, a list of events will be published. A list of visitors / sponsors / government agencies cannot be guaranteed, so no list of those attendees will be published.

 

Q8: For companies with many technologies, is there a page extension for White Papers (WP)?

A: The page limit is 6 pages per topic. If you apply for all three topics, you should submit three separate 6 page WPs. You can also submit a PowerPoint to further expound upon your WP.

 

Q9: How can multiple industry providers/partners team together for a single demonstration? How would the team be evaluated vs a single provider/partner application?

A: The joint team should submit one application for evaluation as part of this process.

 

Q10: What facilities or platforms will be available for vendor use to support demonstration of particular capabilities during the May 2021 demo? (e.g. labs, anechoic chamber, simulators (MFS?), surrogate platforms, airfields etc)

A: There are several labs available and platforms are already scheduled to support the ATE events. Patuxent River and Webster will be coordinated for events. Please indicate the resources required to demonstrate your technology and we will work to coordinate appropriately.  

 

Q11: Can industry partners/solution providers also request to demo capabilities in a NAWCAD lab or chamber environment?

A: Yes, depending on what you are looking for and what is available at the given time. This would be part of the negotiation. Based on your proposal, and what you are looking for, will determine how hard or how easy that would be in our current infrastructure. Let us know what you need for your intended experiment and in what environment. With a lab infrastructure, it would be helpful if you also indicated which labs you are looking to employ.

 

Q12: How do we find out if our demo assets can be integrated into one of the demo platforms?

A: Put your requested resources and integration requirements in your application with the assumption that, as part the selection process, [1] an asset will be available and [2] we will negotiate with what is available at the time of execution. An integration that requires major modifications to a Navy platform will be difficult, but can be discussed. In addition, we recommend you consider using our C-38 Flying Innovation Testbed Experimentation Laboratory or one of the UAS flying laboratory assets if possible.

 

Q13: Will the SAIL lab be available for integration and demonstration?

A: There are several labs already scheduled to support the ATE events, please indicate the resources required to demonstrate your technology and we will work to coordinate appropriately.   

 

Q14: Will a surface borne sensor system be available for the demonstration?

A: If you there is a system you want to use at the event, please note it in the resource section of your application. We will negotiate what is available as part of coordination activities.  

 

Q15: Regarding the APNT technology (but this would apply to each topic): Is there a targeted platform to integrate capabilities?

A: There are no specific target platforms to show the mission translation of your capability. The C-38 is the NAWC flying laboratory platform and will be the easiest and most available platform for the ATE event, since it is a fight test.   

 

Q16: Is a remote video / virtual demonstration acceptable?

A: A virtual demonstration is not desired, but would be considered as part of the selection process. 

 

Q17: What TRL level are you looking for demos?

A: We are looking for technology that is at least TRL 4. When considering applications, we desire technology with higher TRL levels and technology that we can quickly transition to a warfighter. 

 

Q18: What is the technology selection criteria?

A: We want mature technologies, but we are not limiting it to only mature technologies. The submitted technologies will be evaluated on:

  1. Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) – Where is it, in terms of technology readiness level? Is it something that we are looking to get out within the next year or year and half, or is it more like 10 years down the road?
  2. The system’s potential uses for NAVAIR
  3. Applicability to the warfighter – War Planning: Does it fight tonight? Can we use the technology immediately?

 

Q19: Is there any funding for integration or travel to support this effort? Is there compensation for participation in the ATE-21 event?

A: No. There is no funding for integration or travel or compensation for participation.

 

Note: This is an opportunity to show your capability in a relevant scenario; we will provide the warfare center resources. However, there will be opportunities for future development and/or experimentation. If we find a relevant technology that performs well in this event, we will look at opportunities for an Other Transactional Authorities (OTA) or other prototyping contract. Additionally, CRADAs are always an option to continue development.

 

Q20: Will the NAVAIR OTA be used to support a chosen technology? Is there potential for follow-on contract options?

A: Possibly. If we find a relevant technology that performs well in this event, we will look at opportunities for an Other Transactional Authorities (OTA) or other prototyping contract. Additionally, CRADAs are always an option to continue developing the technology. Another area of collaboration for the RPED team is with OPNAV and program offices, to work transition plans for relevant and ready-to-transition technology.

 

Q21: Is it possible to bid/propose to support ATE-21? Not to provide technology, but to support the demonstration of technologies?

A: No. We do not intend to bid out support for ATEs. The intent is to execute with NAWC personnel and resources.

 

Q22: Can we host our own Cloud or are we required to be screened/certified by DoD? What are the requirements to demonstrate those technologies?

A: For hosting on your cloud – please discuss your thoughts in your proposal and we will negotiate as part of the selection and planning period. We will need to know [1] what you are proposing, [2] what location you are looking to collect and manage this information, and [3] the security requirements and collection methods. 

 

Q23: Are we able to include/leverage international corporate expertise? Recognizing strict ITAR and security limits, could we incorporate expertise from UK, Canada, and Australia etc, but maintain the work through local US offices?

A: We are looking for US companies to submit applications. If you are leveraging your expertise internationally, you must adhere to ITAR and security limits. We will be limiting foreign visitors during the event.

 

Q24: How will classified data be handled?

A: The ANTX team has a security lead to start coordinating any specific requirements as part of the negotiation for the experiment execution.

 

Q25: Will the government provide instrumentation and/or data collection? Will data developed for/recorded during the demonstration be disseminated?

A: The government can provide some instrumentation and will be collecting data. Please explain your requirements and expectations on a data post event as part of your submission.

 

Q26: Can we submit specific test collection (Test-Cards) for post processing, specifically for the P-8? If so, who could we coordinate with?

A: If your technology is selected, we will coordinate events that will occur as part of the CRADA and the required test documentation to execute on the range.  If you have cards already developed, we will coordinate with you on including those into the process.

 

Q27: Who owns any data developed for or recorded during the demonstration?

A: Any data collected by the government as part of the event will reside in our event recorder. If there are specific areas of concern, please highlight them during your submission. If you collect your data internal to your system, the government will not ask to take possession of your data.

 

Q28: Can organic sensor data be made available in real-time for off board processing?  RF, EO, etc.

A:  This depends on what you are requesting in your proposal and what data you are collecting. We may or may not be able to supply it. That would be part of the negotiation. This depends on your application submission. We will work and try to determine what it is you need and what you want. If you are looking for basic aircraft, data in the airspace, this is doable.

 

Q29: Is there going to be help with DoD spectrum approvals for RF transmissions?

A: Requirements for these approvals or needs will be coordinated with selected technology to integrate into the Patuxent River and/or Webster operating areas.

 

Q30: What is involved when integrating our own aircraft systems into the relevant airspace?

A: Requirements for integration into the airspace will be coordinated as part of technology selection.  Some items for consideration are ramp space, covered hangar requirements, access to labs, fuel type requirements, security, frequency coordination, and personnel access.

 

Q31: What are the more readily available manned or unmanned air platforms for flight demos?

A: The more readily available platforms are the C-38 and the Group 2 UAS flying platforms; all platforms reside at Patuxent River and Webster can be considered. Please put the desired air platform in your request. It would be helpful to include alternatives for discussion during the collaborative period for selected technology.

 

Q32: What are the UAS classes of interest?

A:  There are no specific classes of UAS of interest for this ANTX event. We are interested in all technology related to our 3 areas of interest.

 

Q33: Can participants utilize St. Mary’s airport and UMD UAVs?

A: If a company wants to propose collaboration with UMD capability, it will be up to the company to coordinate the joint proposal. If you want to utilize St. Mary’s airport, please identify that in your proposal and identify the desire to operate somewhere other than the normal Patuxent River and Webster operating ranges. 

 

Q34: Can participants bring and fly their own UAVs?

A: Yes. You are welcome to propose flying your own UAVs in the experiment. Additionally, if you have a manned platform that you would like to utilize, you are welcome to propose use of your manned platforms.

 

Q35: For UAS demonstrations, would we be flying out of PAX or Webster?

A: Traditionally, smaller UAS will be operating out of Webster and larger UAS (i.e. Triton size) will operate out of Patuxent River. If you require specific resources at PAX or Webster, please identify that in your proposal and we can coordinate appropriately if technology is selected.  

 

Q36: Can you accommodate technical requirements of UAS flights over land?

A: We have controlled airspace areas and can operate over Webster operating area. If you have specific needs or concerns, please identify them in the proposal.

 

Q37: Do you know when another event like ATE-21 will take place after May 2021?

A: Yes. The next ATE event will take place in Spring of 2022. This is our Pathfinder event where we are opening this opportunity up for specific technology areas. We are planning an annual event in the April –June timeframe. Data calls for relevant technology will occur early each Fiscal Year. If you are looking for another ANTX to participate in, based on technology outside of the air domain, those ANTX event list can be seen on the NAVAL X page.

 

Q38: If I have additional questions not covered here who should I contact?

A: Please contact Scott Trail at scott@impax.tech

 

Q39: Spectrum Availability: Are there any limitations as to frequency bands that will be allowed to radiate during the ANTX?

A: Frequency allocation is planned as part of planning of events. If you have detailed information on requirements that you believe are not authorized at military facilities, please include in your submission for consideration.

 

Q40: Airspace Details/Restrictions: Can you inform us as to amount of airspace that will be available to aircraft, manned or unmanned, to perform demos? Are there any restrictions regarding airspace?

A: What is the amount of airspace that is required? Every event will be coordinated with the base operations requirements to meet the agreed spaces as discussed in planning coordination. Please highlight airspace requirements and any areas of concern in your submission.

 

Q41: Airspace Details/Restrictions: Will any government aircraft/platforms be available for use in demos?

A: Aircraft will be made available during the event, what aircraft will be available and if it will work for your project will depend on the availability of your requested platform as well as the required aircraft integration for your experiment / demonstration, this could impact the timeline and cost to accomplish experiment/demonstration (flight clearance, aircraft modifications, cost).

 

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