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Challenge Low-Cost Guided Airdrop
Low-Cost Guided Airdrop
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 529
Posted: Oct 02 2014
Challenge ID: 9933057
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Low-cost guided airdrop is key to ensuring the time critical resupply of troops and providing food and medical supplies for humanitarian efforts. The Seeker requires concepts describing novel technologies that are suitable to deliver bundles more precisely while considering affordability.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Guided airdrop solutions are currently available, but are complex and often cost prohibitive. Additionally, these systems impose a logistical barrier since they often require post-airdrop recovery of the apparatus in order to recoup a portion of the cost. Unguided solutions, while less expensive and expendable, lack the precision required to reliably deliver the payload to the recipient within the desired accuracy for higher altitude airdrops. The Seeker wishes to receive proposals describing novel technologies that could increase the precision of airdrop payloads to that of a guided system while keeping the cost much closer to that of an unguided system. More details are available in the full Challenge description.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

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What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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