[drone-list] DHS solicitation for Wide Area Airborne Surveillance System
gfoster at entersection.org
Wed Sep 5 19:13:46 PDT 2012
Federal Business Opportunities (Aug 16; updated Sep 5) - "Wide Area
Airborne Surveillance System"
>From the Original Synopsis (Aug 16, BAA12-13.pdf) p. 5-6:
/The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate is the Department's primary
research and development arm. The S&T Directorate provides federal, state
and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the
homeland. The Directorate's mission is to protect the homeland by
providing government officials with state-of-the-art technology and other
resources. The Borders and Maritime Security Division (BMD) in S&T
supports this mission by developing and transitioning technical
capabilities that enhance U.S. border security without impeding commerce
and travel. Part of this effort is to evaluate Wide Area Airborne
Surveillance Systems (WAASS) and technologies for DHS's air operational
components, especially DHS/Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the
United States Coast Guard (USCG). The general goal of this effort is to
assist CBP and USCG in fielding new sensor capabilities that will
strengthen our ability to regularly monitor large land and maritime areas
for small targets of interest including, typically, vehicles, people, and
ibid., p. 8:
/This BAA primary objective of WAASS is to simultaneously collect, detect,
and highlight select observables within a large land or maritime region.
Such collection shall be persistent, offering long-duration surveillance
over urban and rural areas. The surveillance system shall have an
electro-optical capability for daylight missions as well as an infrared
capability for day or night operations. The sensor shall integrate with an
airborne platform for data gathering/dissemination, power, and other
support functions. The imagery data shall be displayed at a DHS operations
center and have the capability for forensic analysis within 8-to-24 hours
from time of collection.../
Tests are scheduled for Nogales, Arizona in FY2013.
HT @KennethLipp <http://twitter.com/kennethlipp/status/243525148324528128>,
Gregory Foster || gfoster at entersection.org
@gregoryfoster <> http://entersection.com/
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