Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are temporarily placing the Application Process on hold.  Please be assured that the SAND 2020 Challenge is still taking place, and we are actively working on some exciting new enhancements to the program which we hope to be able to share with you soon.

Online Application

Deadline: TBD

Teams need to submit an Online Registration Form for eligibility verification.


The Participant must submit a five-page white paper that describes the business implementation plan for potential uses of NASA’s Safeguard technology. Specifically:

Provide a brief description of the nature and type of your business.

    Describe the technical capabilities of your product.
    Give an example of how your company has implemented successful navigation.

Provide an overview of your company’s and team members’ experience with UAVs
Why do you want to participate?
What are the potential use cases of Safeguard that meet your business strategy?

    Product: Describe the product/services that will use the technology.
    Market: Describe the markets and applications that will use the above described products/services.
    Market Size: Estimate the expected annual revenue to be generated from the above described products/services.

Participant Agreement & Waiver

Deadline: TBD

Video & .tlog

Deadline: TBD


NASA will provide an example of the required .tlog format.


The 1-minute video must demonstrate autonomous flight with the following criteria:

    Present your vehicle on video

    Demonstrate level flight

    Demonstrate the ability to stop on command

    Demonstrate feasibility to fly autonomously

    Demonstrate the ability to engage the Autoland command and return to base

    Demonstrate Autoland command integration with the simulated NASA Safeguard signal

    Provide a copy of flight path and corresponding .tlog

    Show sensor suite capability


To upload your video (.mp4 file) and .tlog, please click on the button below to complete the online abstract submission form. Teams are encouraged to review the Evaluation Criteria on the Competition Basics page.

No revisions can be accepted, so please proof your telemetry (.tlog) and video files very carefully before submission. If there are any technical problems with the content of your .tlog or video (for example, your file was corrupted or a URL link was broken), we will try to contact you immediately, so it is very important that you provide us with up-to-date contact information on the submission form.

Late submissions will not be accepted, and the submission form will close promptly at 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2020.