Then last week NASA said it wants to gauge industry interest in the agency holding one of its Centennial Challenges to build the next advanced unmanned aircraft. NASA said it is planning this Challenge in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Force Research Lab, with NASA providing the prize purse of up to $1.5 million. The type of challenge NASA said it is envisioning would be no easy task as it is looking to address one of the more complicated drone issues - sensing and avoiding other aircraft.
NASA and DARPA have set the bar high on these public challenges, having developed some pretty advanced technology with them like cutting-edge unmanned autos and green aircraft. Private firms like the X Prize Foundation have had successful challenges in the past, helping develop the first public spacecraft, for example.
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