First Responder UAS Triple Challenge 3.2: Lifelink - UAS Data Relay

Enhancing first responder operations via improved UAS broadband support

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
  • Submission Deadline
    May 13, 2022: Stage 2b: and Walk-on Winners Announced; begin Stage 3
  • Program Duration
    Three Stage Challenge
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

Join us for this exciting drone (aka unmanned aircraft system or UAS) prize competition using your ingenuity and hardware build expertise to create a concept for a drone prototype. The result of the First Responder UAS Triple Challenge 3.2 “LifeLink” will support the public safety community and its stakeholders.

The purpose of this Challenge is to advance UAS technologies by building a UAS solution designed to support continuous broadband communications between first responders in the field. Specifically, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division is investigating options to enable state and local first responders the ability to continuously deliver Internet Protocol (IP) based data via a UAS. The goal of this challenge is for Contestants to design, build, and fly a complete UAS solution that provides continuous IP connectivity to first responders dispersed in a thick forested area with degraded cellular coverage.

UAS Triple Challenge 3.1 & 3.2 Launch Webinar

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.