Cooperative Research and Development Agreement-Evaluation of Teledyne FLIR SF280HDEP

CourtCoast Guard
Citation87 FR 9632
Record Number2022-03664
Published date22 February 2022
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 35 (Tuesday, February 22, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 22, 2022)]
                [Pages 9632-9633]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2022-03664]
                Coast Guard
                [Docket No. USCG-2022-0105]
                Cooperative Research and Development Agreement--Evaluation of
                Teledyne FLIR SF280HDEP
                AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
                ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.
                SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a
                cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to evaluate and
                potentially modify target classification technology used in conjunction
                with electro-optical/infra-red (E.O./IR) systems. The Coast Guard is
                currently considering partnering with Teledyne FLIR, Inc. and solicits
                public comment on the possible participation of other parties in the
                proposed CRADA, and the nature of that participation. The Coast Guard
                also invites other potential non-Federal participants, who have the
                interest and capability to bring similar contributions to this type of
                research, to consider submitting proposals for consideration in similar
                DATES: Comments must reach the Coast Guard on or before March 24, 2022.
                Synopses of proposals regarding future CRADAs must also reach the Coast
                Guard on or before March 24, 2022
                ADDRESSES: Submit comments online at
                following website instructions. Submit synopses of proposals regarding
                future CRADAs to Mr. Jay Carey at his address listed in the FOR FURTHER
                INFORMATION CONTACT section.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice
                or wish to submit proposals for future CRADAs, contact Mr. Jay Carey,
                Project Official, Aviation Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Research and
                Development Center, 1 Chelsea Street, New London, CT 06320, telephone
                860-271-2600, email [email protected].
                Public Participation and Request for Comments
                 We request public comments on this notice. Although we do not plan
                to publish responses to comments in the Federal Register, we will
                respond directly to commenters and may modify our proposal in light of
                 Comments should be marked with docket number USCG-2022-0105 and
                should provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You
                should provide personal contact information so that we can contact you
                if we have questions regarding your comments; but please note that all
                comments will be posted to the online docket without change and that
                any personal information you include can be searchable online. For more
                about privacy and the docket, visit We do accept anonymous comments.
                 We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal Portal at
       If your material cannot be submitted using
      , contact the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER
                INFORMATION CONTACT). Documents mentioned in this notice and all public
                comments, will be in our online docket at
                and can be viewed by following that website's instructions.
                Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email
                alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted.
                 Do not submit detailed proposals for future CRADAs to Instead, submit them directly to the Coast Guard
                 CRADAs are authorized under 15 U.S.C. 3710(a).\1\ A CRADA promotes
                the transfer of technology to the private sector for commercial use, as
                well as specified research or development efforts that are consistent
                with the mission of the Federal parties to the CRADA. The Federal party
                or parties agree with one or more non-Federal parties to share research
                resources, but the Federal party does not contribute funding.
                 \1\ The statute confers this authority on the head of each
                Federal agency. The Secretary of DHS's authority is delegated to the
                Coast Guard and other DHS organizational elements by DHS Delegation
                No. 0160.1, para. II.B.34.
                 CRADAs are not procurement contracts. Care is taken to ensure that
                CRADAs are not used to circumvent the contracting process. CRADAs have
                a specific purpose and should not be confused with procurement
                contracts, grants, and other type of agreements.
                 Under the proposed CRADA, the Coast Guard's Research and
                Development Center (R&DC) will collaborate with one or more non-Federal
                participants. Together, the R&DC and the non-Federal participants will
                identify the capabilities, benefits, risks, and technical limitations
                of enhancing the SF280HD-EP to operate in support of USCG missions.
                 We anticipate that the Coast Guard's contributions under the
                proposed CRADA will include the following:
                 (1) In conjunction with the non-Federal participant(s), assist in
                developing the evaluation test plan to be executed under the CRADA;
                 (2) Provide the small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) test range,
                test range support, facilities, and all approvals required for SUAS
                operation under the CRADA;
                 (3) Provide airborne targets, operators, and associated equipment
                necessary to conduct the evaluation test plan;
                 (4) Coordinate and receive any Unmanned Flight Clearance (UFC) for
                the evaluations to be executed under this CRADA, as required, to
                include: Privacy Threshold Analysis, Privacy Impact Assessment,
                Spectrum Approval with the Office of Information Assurance and Spectrum
                Policy (CG-65), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the
                National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Local
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                spectrum de-confliction/authorization entities
                 (5) Collaboratively collect and analyze evaluation test plan data;
                 (6) Collaboratively develop a final report documenting the
                methodologies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of this CRADA
                 We anticipate that the non-Federal participants' contributions
                under the proposed CRADA will include the following:
                 (1) Provide SF280HDEP system and all other equipment to conduct the
                evaluation described in test plan;
                 (2) Provide all required operators and technicians to conduct the
                 (3) Provide shipment and delivery of all equipment required for the
                evaluation; and
                 (4) Provide own travel, personnel, and other expenses as required.
                 (5) Collaboratively collect and analyze evaluation test plan data;
                 (6) Collaboratively develop a final report documenting the
                methodologies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of this CRADA
                 The Coast Guard reserves the right to select for CRADA participants
                all, some, or no proposals submitted for this CRADA. The Coast Guard
                will provide no funding for reimbursement of proposal development
                costs. Proposals and any other material submitted in response to this
                notice will not be returned. Proposals submitted are expected to be
                unclassified and have no more than five single-sided pages (excluding
                cover page, DD 1494, JF-12, etc.). The Coast Guard will select
                proposals at its sole discretion on the basis of:
                 (1) How well they communicate an understanding of, and ability to
                meet, the proposed CRADA's goal; and
                 (2) How well they address the following criteria:
                 (a) Technical capability to support the non-Federal party
                contributions described; and
                 (b) Resources available for supporting the non-Federal party
                contributions described.
                 Currently, the Coast Guard is considering Teledyne FLIR, Inc. for
                participation in this CRADA, because they have a solution in place for
                providing E.O./IR target auto classification. However, we do not wish
                to exclude other viable participants from this or future similar
                 The goal of this CRADA is to evaluate the potential of modifying
                E.O./IR target auto classification technology. Special consideration
                will be given to small business firms/consortia, and preference will be
                given to business units located in the U.S.
                 This notice is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 15
                U.S.C. 3710(a).
                 Dated: February 16, 2022.
                Daniel P. Keane,
                Captain, USCG, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Research and
                Development Center.
                [FR Doc. 2022-03664 Filed 2-18-22; 8:45 am]
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