- +How will the prize money be awarded?
The prize package for this MITRE Challenge is $100,000, all of which may be won by one team or up to three teams.
- We will award $20,000 for the best detection/determination solution.
- We will award $20,000 for the best interdiction solution.
- We will award $60,000 for the best overall solution, which is a compilation of scores for best in detection/determination and interdiction.
Please see the "UAS Challenge Components" section for more information on scoring.
- +Where does the prize money come from?
The MITRE Corporation is funding the Challenge prize from non-governmental funds received through technology transfer activities.
- +Will the target aircraft used in the Challenge be limited to quad-copters?
Yes, we will use only commercially available quad-copters with a take-off weight of less than 5 pounds.
- +Do you recommend any particular prototype UAS to be used in an interdiction device?
No, we leave that up to the participants.
- +Will jamming be allowed?
GPS jamming is not allowed by federal regulations. The amended Section 302(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 prohibits the marketing of any radio frequency device that jams, blocks, or otherwise interferes with authorized radio communications, and Section 333 prohibits the operation of any such device. Therefore, GPS jamming is not a domestically viable solution and will not be considered within this Challenge. [Editor’s Note: Due to a production error, the word GPS was mistakenly left out of the above two sentences.]
If your solution requires transmitting RF energy, please describe the planned transmission in your white paper so we can review and accommodate it in the live-flight competition (Phase 2).
- +Will you make sensors available?
No, participants are expected to bring whatever sensors are needed for their systems to detect/determine and/or interdict the threat UAS.
- +Will the results of the challenge be made available to the Department of Defense (DoD)?
Yes, we will share Challenge results with the DoD and other federal agencies. We also plan to publicly announce the winner(s) of the Challenge.
- +Can DoD representatives attend the live-flight event?
We plan to invite a wide range of interested federal agencies, including many from DoD, to the live-flight competition in Phase 2. If other government representatives would like to attend, please send a request to email@example.com.
- +Are we allowed to use nylon nets being projected from the drone to capture threat UAS?
- +Are there any restrictions on non-kinetic interdiction methods that might affect local non-UAS systems?
We intend to allow any domestically viable solution—any approach that is legal within the United States. Without knowing more specifics about your proposed solution, we cannot fully answer your question. Please include any requirements in the white paper submission.
- +Will the contents of the white papers be shared after the competition is over, e.g., with other competitors, the public, and/or your sponsors? I’m concerned about revealing the proprietary information/system/technology that each competitor may bring to the table.
MITRE will not distribute white papers to the public or other competitors. We will ask Phase 2 participants to provide a written description of their technical approach that is suitable for public dissemination and to grant MITRE the right to share these descriptions.
All intellectual property rights remain with the applicants. Please see the Participation Agreement, which all participants are required to sign as part of their application, for more information.
- +Are there any classification restrictions?
While we are not expecting to receive any classified white papers or to evaluate classified technology, we are capable of doing so. Please coordinate with us via our unclassified email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make the necessary arrangements to share classified material.
- +Are there any non-functional requirements to the Challenge, such as weather conditions?
We will not intentionally introduce any weather-related conditions. The live-fly event will, however, be held rain or shine during the week scheduled (which we will announce at a later date).
- +Can the system have an operator in the loop or does the solution need to be completely automated?
Yes, your system can include a human to identify and detect a threat UAS. For scoring purposes, we will require an exact time and location for determination of a threat, and we will work with you on the best method to share that information.
- +Who should participate?
MITRE has designed the C-UAS Challenge to attract a broad range of participants. We hope to draw ideas and solutions from industry, academia, individual developers and anyone interested in this dynamic area of our economy and national security. The goal is to foster creativity in solving a potential risk.
- +What rights will I retain to my work?
All intellectual property rights remain with the applicants. Participants are required to sign a Participation Agreement as part of their application, which further discusses this topic.
- +Can MITRE alter my work without permission?
- +Will I be compensated for my research investment even if I don't win?
No, only the winner(s) of the challenge will receive any money as a result of participating in the MITRE UAS Challenge.
- +Is there any compensation for moving on to Phase 2?
The prizes are exclusively for the winner(s) in Phase 2 of the competition.
- +Will the participants know where they stack among the other challengers?
Yes, phase 2 participants will be provided a copy of the competition standings.
- +Will I be restricted from publicizing my participation and outcome within the MITRE Challenge?
Not at all. MITRE encourages publicizing your participation as that helps further raise awareness of this important national need.
- +Will MITRE publicize my performance in the Challenge?
MITRE will only publicly announce the competition winner(s), but all results will be shared with the US Government.
- +Will I have to share credit with MITRE if my idea wins?
MITRE is hosting the challenge. Credit for successfully meeting the challenge is completely held by those participants!
- +Can government employees, representing themselves and not their employing agency participate in the challenge?
This is dependent on the policies, practices, and guidance provided by their government employer. Government employee (whether foreign or domestic) eligibility will be decided upon a case-by-case basis and is further subject to their organization’s rules with respect to such prize winnings.
- +Will participants' Intellectual Property be protected by MITRE, e.g., will other competitors be able to watch my team compete?
Only one competitor will be evaluated at a time, and no other competitor will be allowed to see the attack profile or the performance of the other competitors.
- +When you say "interdict," does that include the use of lasers or bullets?
No directed high-energy weapons (e.g. lasers), kinetic weapons (e.g., explosives), or high-energy projectiles (e.g., bullets) will be allowed within the MITRE C-UAS Challenge, as they would not be domestically viable.
- +What does small UAS mean?
For the purpose of this challenge, small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are defined as systems whose takeoff weight are under five pounds.
- +Are MITRE employees or their contractors eligible to compete?