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Mobile Weather System

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 222
Posted: May 18 2017
Challenge ID: 9934001
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Weather data is vital to the U.S. Military, impacting missions worldwide. The need to collect atmospheric data in numerous remote areas around the world is never going away.  This Challenge is to design a man-portable system that is capable of collecting atmospheric data from ground level to 10,000 ft. above Ground Level (AGL).  This data needs to be downloaded to a portable computer that that operator will be carrying with them.  This system cannot use an external gas source (gas not present in situ and/or naturally present in operating environment that needs to be carried in such as Helium tanks) to lift the sensor to altitude since these gases are not readily available and expensive.    

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.

This Challenge has 2 parts.

  1. Design a man-portable system that is capable of collecting the atmospheric data of interest.
  2. Deliver that system from ground level to 10,000 ft. above ground level (AGL) without an external gas source.

Since there are 2 parts to the problem, the Seeker wants to encourage those with only 1 part solved, to still submit so there will be an extra award available if someone solves only 1 or 2 above better than anyone else.

Prize Award

Proposals will be evaluated on the system’s ability to meet the most or all of the threshold requirements listed in Sections 1-3 under “The Solution.” After this, the top proposals with similar scores will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the objective requirements listed in Section 4 under “The Solution.”

A $15,000 prize will be given to the best overall system based on the above criteria while second place will receive a $9,000 prize. One $3,000 prize will be given to the proposal that best solves either 1) the transport concept (getting the sensor to altitude) or 2) the sensor concept (collecting and transmitting data) better than the 1st and 2nd place winners.

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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