High Frequency Geolocation and Characterization (HFGeo) BAA Questions

#QuestionAnswerDate Posted
001 Will IARPA be interested in line-of-sight geolocation methods in later phases of this program? Per Section 1.A.6, (Topics Not in Scope), for the HFGeo program "IARPA is not interested in approaches that are specific to …. line-of-sight geolocation techniques." 08/03/11
002 Should we plan to make the antennas prototyped under Phase 1A deliverable? Yes, the prototype should be delivered. This is described on Page 22, Section 4.B.1, Section 3 (Detailed Proposal Information) paragraph E, "Deliverables are to include all data, prototypes, evaluation analyses and documents (prototype mechanical and electrical design documentation, construction drawings, ...." 08/03/11
003 If we want to submit two proposals with completely independent approaches in one technical Thrust that are both dependent on a common approach in the other Thrust is that compliant with the BAA submission criteria? Yes. The BAA does not place a limit on the number of proposals that can be submitted by a single organization. 08/03/11
004 Can more than one proposal be submitted to a single Thrust if the proposed approaches are completely independent and separable? Yes. The BAA does not place a limit on the number of proposals that can be submitted by a single organization. 08/03/11
005 Will IARPA provide ray-tracing codes? No, IARPA will not provide ray-tracing codes. Ray-tracing codes are freely available on the web. If a proposal requires ray-tracing then the proposer is responsible for the codes and any expertise needed to utilize them. 08/03/11
006 Is IARPA interested in the entire HF band? Yes, per Table 2, (Program Metrics) the interest spans the entire HF frequency range in order to provide the most flexibility for source range and for varying ionospheric conditions. 08/03/11
007 Is there a target price for the antenna or system? There is no target price in Phase 1. See FAQ B1 at http://www.iarpa.gov/faq under Engagement Opportunities. 08/03/11
008 Are the metrics described in Table 2, threshold or objective metrics. The HFGeo program does not have threshold and objective metrics. As stated in Section 1.B (Program Milestones and Metrics) these metrics are used "to evaluate the effectiveness of proposed solutions in achieving the stated program objectives and to determine whether satisfactory progress is being made to warrant continued funding of the program." 08/03/11
009 The maximum dimension of a sensor (array) for a single site is described as < 40 m with height < 15 m in Table 2. Is there a size requirement on the prototype? The Table 2 (Program Metrics) Footprint Phase 1 metric is "Single element or building block." In Section 1.A.1. on page 6 of the BAA, this is clarified as an "...integrated vector sensor element or minimal subset of the sensor array…", and "the prototype should be capable of set-up in the test configuraton without use of heavy equipment." Additionally it states that the prototype "will scale to an array that can meet the overall Program goals." 08/03/11
010 What types of contracts may be proposed? The type of contract that may be awarded is a procurement contract per Section 2, "Award Information." According to Section 4.B.2, "Section 2, Cover Sheet," the offeror should indicate whether they are proposing a cost plus fixed fee or cost contract with no fee. 08/03/11
011 Can you provide references for the example antennas used in your Proposers' Day slides? The published references for the example antennas are: Report DSTO-TR-2321, W Martinsen; Patent 4433336, A. Carr, assigned to USA, DoC; and Patent 6538616, F. Bedard, assigned to USA, NSA. However, these examples should not be considered an endorsement of a specific antenna topology or approach to achieving the project goals. 08/03/11