WebEx Q&A Session Information
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
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Meeting Number: 905 105 714
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Can we compete with less than four (4) team members?

Yes! Two (2) team members are the minimum number allowed for participation, and four (4) team members are the maximum number allowed on the field. However, as long as the safety pilot meets our requirements and the company meets our requirements in the application process, less than 4 team members is acceptable for entry into the competition.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to combine 2 small businesses to form 1 team. Each application must be completed by an authorized representative who can legally commit a qualified competitor to the terms. A qualified competitor is an incorporated small business. Therefore, joint applications cannot be accepted. A joint application amongst two entities would not be a valid entry.

I know the SAND Competition is for U.S. persons, but can you clarify what that might mean for the teams?

NASA's Langley Research Center's Office of Strategic Analysis, Communications, and Business Development (OSACB) has limited the participation to U.S. Small Business. Therefore, the participating company must be incorporated in a. U.S. State.

Is there any way my foreign business could participate?

No, this competition is open to US entities and persons only.

Can the company participating employ Foreign Nationals? Can any of the team members competing in the SAND 2020 Challenge be Foreign Nationals?

Yes. There is nothing to prevent the company from having Foreign National employees. As long as they have proper employee documentation, Foreign Nationals can participate on a SAND Competition team.

Do I have to build my own drone?

No, competitors may modify “off-the-shelf" vehicles to complete the competition objectives.

Is hardware standardized? Should all competitors be using the same sensors?

You can choose most of the hardware you will use. Specific requirements will be made available in the participant guide during the application process.

When the prize is awarded, the prize would go to the company, not an individual. Correct?

That is correct.

I am coming from out of town, where can I find information about the location and where to stay?

You can find information about the challenge location and nearby accommodations on the Location Info page on the main menu.

Can anyone show up and be a spectator?

Yes, anyone can attend and be a spectator. We will post more details about the viewing location and specifics at a later date.