BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA) 05-01 High-Precision Long-Range Laser Designator/Locator (HPLD) Proposers? Day; CLOSING DATE: 7 OCT 2004; FULL PROPOSALS FOR FIRST SELECTIONS: 12:00 Noon, 24 November 2004; local Arlington, VA time. POC: Stephen Griggs, DARPA/ATO; Email: BAA05email@example.com; Web: http://www.darpa.mil/ato/solicit/HPLD/index.htm
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIPTION: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency?s (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office (ATO) is soliciting proposals under this BAA for the performance of research, development, design, and testing to support the DARPA High-Precision Laser Designator/Locator (HPLD) program.
The objective of the HPLD program is to develop and demonstrate new target-in-the-loop active optics approaches and novel high accuracy pointing methods. This new technology will be demonstrated in an affordable, small, laser-target-designator/locator package that will enable the user to observe, track, and designate a target at operationally significant ranges. DARPA anticipates that these new target-in-the-loop active optics approaches and novel, high-accuracy pointing methods could enable a single operator to precisely determine, within a 1m spherical error, the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of a target up to 10 km away.
The active optics and associated processing of the device will be capable of controlling the spot size, and correcting/stabilizing the beam and image line-of-sight for atmospheric turbulence and platform jitter. These capabilities will vastly improve the performance of small handheld and UAV optical systems.
These new target-in-the-loop active optics approaches will be different than the current astronomic-based systems. There will be a long horizontal path at ground level with significant turbulence along the entire path. The target has real extent, depth, and surface roughness, and there is no compliant beacon or guide star to aid atmospheric compensation. These features, coupled with the additional requirements that the system be small, power-efficient, and affordable, force a new set of solutions. These new optical components, control methodologies, and digital processing required to operate in this environment are at the core of this solicitation.
To focus the design effort, DARPA has selected a handheld laser target designator/locator system as the target application and demonstration vehicle for the HPLD technology. This device will be used by ground combat elements that conduct terminal attack control (TAC) and call for fire (CFF). Therefore, it should be designed to support their full range of operations and deployment methods, and be able to survive in a harsh environment for long periods of time with minimal maintenance. At a minimum, the device must be capable of day and night operation, target observation, designation and location at 10 km, and communication with other devices. Once the position is precisely determined, the operator should be able to observe, track, and laser-designate the target as required, using a single device. The system might consist of the device, tripod, and any other components necessary to achieve the required pointing accuracy calibration. Once calibrated in a location, the device should be able to operate without any outside aid other than GPS.
This BAA shall remain open for one (1) year from the date of publication on www.fedbizopps.gov and www.fedgrants.gov. Although the Government may select proposals for award at any time during this period, it is anticipated that the majority of funding for this program will be committed during the initial selections. Proposers may submit a full proposal in accordance with the instruction provided in the Proposer?s Information Pamphlet (PIP) at any time up to the proposal due date. In order to be considered during the initial round of funding, full proposals must be submitted to DARPA, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1714 (Attn.: BAA05-01) on or before 12:00 Noon, November 24, 2004, local Arlington, VA time.
All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. However, no portion of this BAA will be set aside for HBCU and MI participation due to the impracticality of reserving discrete or severable areas of this research for exclusive competition among these entities. This BAA affords proposers the choice of submitting proposals for the award of a Grant, Cooperative Agreement, Contract, Technology Investment Agreement, Other Transaction for Prototype Agreement, or such other appropriate award instrument. The type of procurement or assistance vehicle is subject to negotiations. The HPLD program may be subject to U.S. Export Controls (International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)) and National Security regulations. All performers must meet the requirements for participation set by those regulations.
EVALUATION CRITERIA: The criteria to be used to evaluate and select proposals for this project are, in order of importance: (a) Scientific and Technical Approach; (b) Military Benefit; (c) Operational Utility; (d) Management Approach; (e) Potential Contribution and Relevance to the DARPA Mission; and (f) Cost Realism. Each proposal will be evaluated on the merit and relevance of the specific proposal as it relates to the program rather than against other proposals for research in the same general area, since no common work statement exists.
The Government reserves the right to select for award all, some, or none of the proposals received in response to this BAA.
ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE: Proposers choosing to respond to this BAA must read the associated PIP available at www.fedbizopps.gov and www.fedgrants.gov, which provides specific information about this BAA, including instructions on how to respond.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Research and Technology Development
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