DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual

Active
Yes
Status
Open
Release Date
October 3rd, 2023
Open Date
October 3rd, 2023
Due Date(s)
March 31st, 2025
Close Date
March 31st, 2025
Topic No.
A244-005

Topic

Medical Payloads for Army Robotic Platforms

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the development of medical payloads for Army robotic platforms. The objective is to create a modular medical mission payload that can carry heavy, climate-controlled containers to resupply blood and perform casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) with attachability to ground and air robotic/autonomous platforms. Currently, blood delivery, medical resupply, and CASEVAC are conducted by crewed vehicles, which can be challenging in reaching the front line. The goal is to develop a medical multi-mission, modular payload that can be employed by robotic ground and air platforms. The payloads should comply with Safe Ride Standards for casualty evacuation using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Ground (RAS-G), and modular payload design standards (Mod Payload). They should also be climate-controlled, collapsible, and capable of maintaining blood temperature between one and 10 degrees centigrade. The proposal should consider cost, and only Direct to Phase II (DP2) proposals will be accepted. The Phase II deliverables include refining the preliminary design, creating a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5-6 modular medical mission payload, and demonstrating the payload's performance at a vendor-provided, government-approved location. Phase III involves pursuing commercialization objectives, developing a manufacturing-ready product design, and engaging in laboratory or operational testing. The keywords for this solicitation are UAS, UAV, Medical Payloads, Resupply, CASEVAC, and UGV. For more information, visit the DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual solicitation notice on grants.gov.

Description

OBJECTIVE:

Develop a modular medical mission payload that can carry heavy, climate-controlled containers to resupply blood. The payload also must perform casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) with attachability to ground and air robotic/autonomous platforms.

 

DESCRIPTION:

Currently, blood delivery, medical resupply, and CASEVAC are conducted by convoys of crewed vehicles. If transportation cannot reach the front line, units are unable to receive a blood/medical products or remove casualties for treatment for potentially life-threatening injuries. None of the Army’s current systems offer a heavy-lift, modular mission payload that can autonomously resupply blood and perform CASEVAC.

 

The ability for blood resupply and transport of casualties is critical to the survival of Soldiers who sustain life-threatening injuries. Modular medical mission payloads will provide lifesaving capabilities to forward units by using robotic platforms. 

 

The goal of this effort is the development of a medical multi-mission, modular payload that can be employed by robotic ground and air platforms.

 

These payloads should:

Comply with Safe Ride Standards for casualty evacuation using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Comply with Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Ground (RAS-G) 
Comply with modular payload design standards (Mod Payload)
Be climate-controlled and/or fit a climate-controlled container 
Be collapsible 
Keep blood temperature between one and 10 degrees centigrade
Be able to warm blood supply temperature to 35 degrees centigrade and keep temperature between 34 and 36 degrees centigrade
  • SEE REFERENCES SECTION FOR LINKS TO THESE RESOURCES *

 

Cost should be considered in the SBIR proposals.

 

PHASE I:

Only Direct to Phase II (DP2) proposals will be accepted for this topic. DP2 proposals must provide documentation to substantiate that the scientific and technical merit and feasibility (listed in the following paragraph) are met, and the proposals must describe potential commercial applications of the solution. The provided documentation should contain all relevant information including, but not limited to, technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results.

 

DP2 proposals should build on the design formulated according to Phase I requirements: Design a preliminary modular medical mission payload for employment via autonomous ground and air platform. Preliminary design should describe the physical payload, consist of a concept for storing climate-controlled blood products, and include a concept for integrating a casualty evacuation capability with remote patient monitoring.

 

PHASE II:

Refine the preliminary design developed from Phase I equivalent and create a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5-6 modular medical mission payload. System refinement should include integration of the payload into both ground and air autonomous platforms. Required Phase II deliverables include the TRL 5-6 system and the components (hardware and software) necessary to integrate the payload into the platforms. The payload will be demonstrated at a vendor-provided, government-approved location to evaluate performance. The performer will provide the ground and air platform necessary to conduct the demonstration but is not required to deliver either platform to the government. Additionally, the performer will deliver monthly progress reports describing technical challenges, risk, and progress against the schedule. At the end of the period of performance, the performer will submit a final technical report.

 

PHASE III:

The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives through the effort. Companies may develop a manufacturing-ready product design, capable of integration with the existing or future systems, and demonstrate technology integration. Low-rate production will occur as required. Companies will engage in laboratory or operational testing as required. Phase III deliverables include system-level integration technical data package, installation documentation, and system-level prototype for demonstration and government-sponsored testing.

 

KEYWORDS:

UAS, Unmanned Aerial Systems, UAV, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Medical Payloads, Resupply, CASEVAC, UGV, Unmanned Ground Vehicles, HVTOL

 

REFERENCES:

 

Safe Ride Standards for Casualty Evacuation using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/ADA593136.pdf
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Ground (RAS-G), https://www.namconsortium.org/article/news/just-released-ras-g-iop-v5-v6-wipts
Mod Payload, https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/AD1167779.pdf

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