The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is seeking information on state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies for advanced mapping and surveying in support of the agency’s 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winning Subterranean (SubT) Challenge.
Georeferenced data, (i.e., geographic coordinates tied to a map or image) could significantly improve the speed and accuracy of warfighters in time-sensitive active combat operations and disaster-related missions in the subterranean domain.
Currently, the majority of the underground environments are uncharted or inadequately mapped, including human-made tunnels, underground infrastructure, and natural cave networks.
(Learn More. Underground settings are becoming increasingly relevant to global security and safety. Rising populations and urbanization are requiring military and civilian first responders to perform their duties below ground in human-made tunnels, underground urban spaces, and natural cave networks. Recognizing that innovative, enhanced technologies could accelerate development of critical lifesaving capabilities, DARPA today announced its newest Grand Challenge: the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, or SubT for short. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube. Posted on Dec 21, 2017.)
Through this recently released Request for Information, DARPA is looking for innovative technologies to collect highly accurate and reproducible ground-truth data for subterranean environments, which would potentially disrupt and positively leverage the subterranean domain without prohibitive cost and with less risk to human lives.
These innovative technologies will better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks that are too dangerous, dark, dirty, or deep to risk human lives for deployment.
“What makes subterranean areas challenging for precision mapping and surveying – such as lack of GPS, constrained passages, dark or dust-filled air – is similar to what inhibits safe and speedy underground operations for our warfighters,” said Timothy Chung, program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO).
“Building an accurate three-dimensional picture is a key enabler to rapidly and remotely exploring and searching subterranean spaces.”
(Learn More. Complex underground settings present significant challenges for military and civilian first responders. The hazards vary drastically across domains that can degrade or change over time and are often too high-risk for personnel to enter. The DARPA Subterranean or “SubT” Challenge sought novel approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments during time-sensitive combat operations or disaster response scenarios. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube. Posted on Dec 3, 2018.)
DARPA is looking for commercial products, software, and services available to enable high-fidelity, 3D mapping and surveying of underground environments.
Of interest are available technologies that offer high accuracy and high resolution, with the ability to provide precise and reproducible survey points without reliance on substantial infrastructure (e.g., access to global fixes underground).
Additionally, relevant software should also allow for generated data products to be easily manipulated, annotated, and rendered into 3D mesh objects for importing into simulation and game engine environments.
DARPA may select proposers to demonstrate their technologies or methods to determine feasibility of capabilities for potential use in the SubT Challenge in generating and sharing 3D datasets of underground environments.
Such accurately georeferenced data may aid in scoring the SubT competitors’ performance in identifying and reporting the location of artifacts placed within the course.
(Learn More. The DARPA Subterranean Challenge was focused on the world beneath us – as competitors vie to rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search complex underground environments. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube. Posted on Nov 19, 2018.)
In addition, renderings from these data may provide DARPA with additional visualization assets to showcase competition activities in real-time and/or post-production.
Instructions for submissions, as well as full RFI details, are available on the Federal Business Opportunities website: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-SN-19-21/listing.html.
Submissions are due at 1:00 p.m. EDT April 15, 2019. Please email questions to SubTChallenge@darpa.mil.
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(The DARPA Subterranean Challenge sought multidisciplinary teams from around the world to compete in the development of the autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility technologies necessary to map explore and search underground networks in unpredictable conditions.)
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