ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event

Are you ready to rumble?

SOFWERX invites SOF Warfighters, Interagency Partners, and select contributors from Industry and Academia to participate in a two-month Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) focused on drones (sea, land, air, and space), tactical swarms, effects, and their associated data science applications for the Special Operations community.

For more details, please see this presentation: ThunderDrone RPE 


Academic Reservations Deadline: 30 June 2017

Drone Technology and Data Science Submissions Deadline: 20 July 2017

Warfighter and Interagency Reservations: CLOSED

Initial Timeline

Warfighter Council: 29 June at SOFWERX. This is for active-duty SOF, or their designated representatives only. The Warfighter Council will help shape the overall RPE, define desired effects, provide use cases, operational parameters, and assessment criteria for the event. (Closed, Invitations sent 21 June)

Interagency Council: 11 July at SOFWERX.  This is for authorized representatives from across the US Federal Government, including National Labs and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). The Interagency Council will help inform SOCOM of the activities, technologies, and lessons learned from other areas of government that should be considered for this RPE. (Closed, Invitations sent 21 June) 

Academic Council: 18 July at SOFWERX.  This is for authorized representatives from accredited universities. The Academic Council will help inform SOCOM of the research and development across the international academic community that should be considered for this RPE.  (Register Here)

Drone Technology and Data Science Submissions: Submissions due by 20 July. This is for new, novel, or provocative technology up to and including; drone hardware, electronics, software, sensors, actuators, kinetic/non-kinetic payloads, and advanced data science techniques, algorithms, and frameworks. Submissions will be submitted to Vulcan, USSOCOM’s technology database. Please read and follow the directions in this guide to submit your technology:  ThunderDrone RPE Submission Guide  All submitters will be notified whether their submission has been selected or not o/a 7 August via e-mail.

Warfighter Downselect: 21 July – 4 August. Warfighters will review the submissions and help determine which ones will be invited to present at the Tech Expo.

Selected Technology Demonstration Days: 5-8 September. Downselected capabilities presented and discussed with stakeholder onsite in Tampa, Florida.