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RFI sUAS (small unmanned aircraft systems)

Level of Government: Federal
Opps ID: NBD00159754629237290
Posted Date: May 22, 2020
Due Date: May 27, 2020
Solicitation No: SN-2020-13
RFI sUAS (small unmanned aircraft systems)
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General Information View Changes
  • Contract Opportunity Type: Sources Sought (Updated)
  • All Dates/Times are: (UTC-06:00) MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME, DENVER, USA
  • Updated Published Date: May 20, 2020 06:29 pm MDT
  • Original Published Date: May 14, 2020 03:04 pm MDT
  • Updated Response Date: May 27, 2020 04:30 pm MDT
  • Original Response Date: May 22, 2020 04:30 pm MDT
  • Inactive Policy: 15 days after response date
  • Updated Inactive Date: Jun 11, 2020
  • Original Inactive Date: Jun 06, 2020
  • Initiative:
    • None
  • Original Set Aside:
  • Product Service Code: 1550 - UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
  • NAICS Code: 336413 - Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
  • Place of Performance:
    Boise , ID 83705


The purpose of this announcement is to obtain market research associated with acquisition of sUAS Fleet. Specifically, the United States Forest Service (USFS) is seeking interested vendors capable of providing sUAS for the Fire and Aviation Program that meet 14CFR Part 107 and our operational requirements as identified below.


  • Acquisition of Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) Fleet
  • Special Notice Number: SN-2020-13
  • Agency: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Office: Forest Service
  • Location: National Interagency Fire Center - Boise, ID
  • RFI Issue Date: 05/14/2020
  • RFI Response Date: 05/22/2020
  • Submittal of information:
  • The information requested by this RFI shall be provided, in writing (hard-copy or electronic), by close of business (4:30 p.m. Mountain Time) 05/22/2020 to the following address:


The FS has implemented a process to access availability and applicability of sUAS with upgraded technology, safety attributes, with increased range, and payload. This Request-for-Information (RFI) is limited by sUAS type (Endurance, collection altitude, Max. Range, Sensor Type).

The FS will rely on various makes and models for data collection, aerial imagery, situational awareness, and reconnaissance.

The FS has typed (categorized) various sUAS platforms into 4 groups (1-4). This RFI is specific to Type 4 what meets this category is listed within this RFI.

Aircraft Utilization

The FS utilizes sUAS for firefighting and resource management. The primary mission for Type 4 sUAS is situational awareness, data collection and aerial imagery.

Conditions in the field may place the sUAS in Mountainous terrain, Forested Areas, Remote Areas with reduced or no cellular coverage, high-density altitude areas, Hot and dry to cool and humid, performing reconnaissance missions.


Vendors/contractors who respond to this Request for Information (RFI) are requested to provide all of the following information in writing and in accordance with the directions below:


The USFS is requesting information and market research on American made sUAS that fall within the guidelines of the Buy America Act. These aircraft may be used in a multitude of different resources areas and missions throughout the Agency. All aircraft specifications must meet the minimum specifications spelled out within this RFI.

In the event that sUAS platforms meet the specifications, the US Government will require demonstrations, testing and evaluation to ensure that any and all aircraft meet perform at the claimed specification and meet the mission needs of the USFS.

Prior to contracts and procurement, all US government sUAS will require FAA approved airworthiness inspection for platform specific aircraft that may be flown outside of the rules of Part 107. This will be completed at the Agencies discretion.

Prior to all contracts and procurements, all vendors and contractors shall possess a current and valid DUNS number/SAMS registry certification prior to consideration by the Agency. Said information shall precede the date of the vendor demonstration, testing and evaluation. Aside from meeting the minimum specifications below, financially unreasonable platforms will be rejected. Mission specific platforms that do not meet the fifty percent parts made in America required in the Buy American Act can be tested, evaluated and sole sourced.


  1. Company name
  2. Company mailing address
  3. Company point of contact (name & title)
  4. Point of contact's telephone numbers
  5. Company's size standard for the NAICS information provided above


All interested vendors/contractors shall provide a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) that includes the following costs:

  • Airframe
  • GCS - Flight Controller
  • Battery


Interested vendors/contractors should provide sUAS information in the chart below on Make and Models that meet the following requirements:

Flight Performance

  • Platform Weight (with battery, exchangeable payload excluded) within: 320-1375 grams
  • Minimum Flight Duration (max payload, sea level, temperature range:60-85 oF): 22 minutes
  • Flight speed range (Sea level, no wind): Variable speed, minimum governing speed of 25 knots
  • Maximum sustained wind speed resistance: 25 miles per hour
  • Minimum Launch and Recovery Area: NA
  • Service Ceiling (MSL): 13,000 feet density altitude
  • Service Ceiling (minimum) above control unit or Launch/Recovery site: 1,500 feet
  • Operational Temperature Range: 10oF or colder - 100oF or warmer
  • Weather considerations: NA (Water resistant preferred)
  • Operational Decibel level: NA (

Command and Control

  • Uplink control frequency that is a secure digital data frequency hopping link at 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz or 900 MHz ISM Band, WPA2 or 128, 192, or 256 bit AES encryption (FIPS compliant).
  • Downlink frequency that is a secure digital data link at 2.4 GHz and or 5.8 GHz ISM Bands and or 900 MHz, with FIPS compliant WPA2 or 128, 192, or 256 bit AES encryption (FIPS compliant).
  • Communication range (RX/TX) C2: 2.5 miles
  • Video Transmit Range: 2.0 miles
  • Power Supply: Battery cell or approved
  • Obstacle Avoidance Capable
  • Selectable Loss of Link (LOL) actions: Return to launch (RTL), land now, and/or programmable point.
  • GPS Capabilities: Utilize USA (GPS), Russian (GLONASS), and European (Galileo) or superior constellations simultaneously.
  • Flight controller: Capable of manual control.
  • Mission Planning: Aircraft flight navigation plan capable. Capability to directly yield manual flight control, terminate autonomous flight or RTL.
  • Optical stabilization mode
  • Flight Crew Requirement: 1 personnel maximum

Payload Sensor

  • Camera payload integral to the aircraft
  • Camera setting: Configurable within software.
  • First Person View (FPV) camera, High Definition (HD) video link, 720p minimum
  • HD Electro-Optical (EO) (IR preferred, but not required) stabilized gimbal with ability to record 2K (2K=1080p=1920x1080 pixels) video and 12MP (Mega Pixels) still photo onboard. Gimbal stabilized zoom. Note: (4K is 3840x2160 pixels).
  • Stabilized zoom:
    • Lossless: up to 2.8x (HD) digital,
    • Standard: up to 3x optical
  • Interface: Serial, USB, Ethernet connections or Micro USB
  • Camera payload produces geotagged images directly to the onboard SD card
  • Cyber secure server hosting and data transfer over secured network


You may provide any other pertinent information that may contribute to efficiencies related to this RFI that will assist the Government in developing specifications for future solicitation.

Contact Information
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  • BOISE , ID 83705
  • USA
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