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Effective 21st-century warfare requires the ability to
conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike
mobile targets anywhere, around the clock. Current technologies, however, have
their limitations. Helicopters are relatively limited in their distance and
flight time. Fixed-wing manned and unmanned aircraft can fly farther and longer
but require either aircraft carriers or large, fixed land bases with runways
often longer than a mile. Moreover, establishing these bases or deploying
carriers requires substantial financial, diplomatic and security commitments
that are incompatible with rapid response.
Current UAVs provide valuable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) coverage for troops deployed overseas. However, UAVs cannot stay airborne for extended periods of time before needing to be refueled or serviced. DARPA’s Vulture program seeks to develop critical enabling technologies for an airborne payload to remain on-station, uninterrupted for more than five years, performing ISR and communication missions over an area of interest.
DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using swarms comprising upwards of 250 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or unmanned ground systems (UGSs) to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough capabilities.
CRANE will design, build, and flight test an X-Plane that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration. This BAA seeks full proposals for Phase 0 and a fully priced option for Phase 1. Phase 0 focuses on the aircraft design process and trade space development via the exploration of multiple configurations by each performer and concluding with a Conceptual Design Review (CoDR).