"The goal of this RFI [Request for Information] is to solicit participation in the RAPS [Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety] project from the SUAS [Small Unmanned Aerial Systems] vendor community ('SUAS providers'). S&T [Science and Technology] is completing an agreement with the state of Oklahoma for utilizing the U.S. Army's Fort Sill test range for ongoing SUAS evaluation. The range will provide restricted airspace for unimpeded access for SUAS flight in addition to various environs for simulating realistic first responder, law enforcement and border security scenarios. The SUAS providers are asked to submit a white paper describing the capabilities, maturity, flight experience, and safety performance of each platform. Each SUAS provider, if chosen for the RAPS project, will be provided a test plan and assigned five (5) consecutive flight days in advance of their systems' evaluation by S&T. The test plan provided will be the same for all SUAS providers, and range support and airspace access will be provided at cost to S&T. Travel and other associated expenses will be incurred by the SUAS provider."
Department of Homeland Security, RFI No. DHS 13-01