[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2013)]
[Page 59974]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23757]



Centennial Challenges 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 
Airspace Operations Challenge (AOC)

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NOTICE: (13-110).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice is issued in accordance with 51 U.S.C. 20144(c).
    The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airspace Operations Challenge 
(AOC) is scheduled and teams that wish to compete may now register. 
Centennial Challenges is a program of prize competitions to stimulate 
innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the 
nation. The 2014 UAS AOC is a prize competition designed to encourage 
development of new technologies or application of existing technologies 
in unique ways to how unpiloted or remotely piloted aircraft can safely 
operate in the same airspace as other aircraft, such as piloted 
aircraft, robotic aircraft, and their operators. NASA is providing the 
prize purse.

DATES: 2014 UAS AOC will be held April 28-May 2, 2014.

ADDRESSES: 2014 UAS AOC will be conducted at Camp Atterbury Joint 
Maneuver Training Center located near Edinburgh, Indiana.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  To register for or get additional 
information regarding the 2014 UAS AOC, please visit: http://www.uasaoc.org
    For general information on the NASA Centennial Challenges Program 
please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/challenges. General questions and 
comments regarding the program should be addressed to Dr. Larry Cooper, 
Centennial Challenges Program, NASA Headquarters 300 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC, 20546-0001. Email address:[email protected].



    Competitor vehicles will fly a series of missions that will require 
them to safely address many of the technical issues important to 
integrating UAS in the National Airspace System. Several different 
types of scoring will apply during a single mission, depending upon the 
mission goals and the types of contingency situations that occur. 
Competitors will not have advance knowledge of the scenarios they will 
encounter and different teams will encounter scenarios in different 
sequences. The competitors will be provided with a standardized 
electronic module that will collect flight data that will be used as 
the reference for assigning scores.

I. Prize Amounts

    The total UAS AOC purse is $500,000 (five hundred thousand U.S. 
dollars). Prizes will be offered for entries that meet specific 
requirements detailed in the Rules.

II. Eligibility

    To be eligible to win a prize, competitors must (1) register and 
comply with all requirements in the rules and team agreement; (2) in 
the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a 
primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an 
individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a 
citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and (3) shall not 
be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of 
their employment.

III. Rules

    The complete rules and team agreement for the 2014 UAS AOC can be 
found at: http://www.uasaoc.org

    Dated: September 23, 2013.
James J. Reuther,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, Space Technology Mission 
Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-23757 Filed 9-27-13; 8:45 am]