• Apr 23, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, commonly known as DARPA, awarded $1 million for the crowdsourced design of a new "mobility and drivetrain subsystem" for a next generation amphibious infantry fighting vehicle on Monday. Over 200 teams submitted designs to DARPA's Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) drivetrain challenge via the agency's VehicleForge website. The winning submission came from Ground Systems, a 3-person team spread across California, Ohio and Texas. DARPA's VehicleForge online collaboration platform and META design tools enabled a publicly crowdsourced effort, which the agency credits for a faster development process. DARPA pointed to collaboration across geography and submissions from teams that met online as evidence of the program's success.

"I'm very pleased with the quality of the submissions we received during the challenge, and we have learned a great deal throughout the process," said Army Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Wiedenman in a DARPA press release. "The first FANG Challenge has been a great experiment, and the submission of many viable, innovative designs has validated the Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) design tools and provided invaluable feedback to continue their development."
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DARPA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE FIRST FANG CHALLENGE

April 22, 2013

"Ground Systems" Outpaces More Than 200 Teams, 1,000 Participants-Submits Winning Mobility and Drivetrain Subsystem Design, Claiming the $1 Million Prize

Today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $1 million prize to "Ground Systems", a 3-person team with members in Ohio, Texas and California, as the winner of the Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge. Team Ground Systems' final design submission received the highest score when measured against the established requirements for system performance and manufacturability.

"I'm very pleased with the quality of the submissions we received during the challenge, and we have learned a great deal throughout the process," said Army Lt. Col. Nathan Wiedenman, DARPA program manager. "The first FANG Challenge has been a great experiment, and the submission of many viable, innovative designs has validated the Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) design tools and provided invaluable feedback to continue their development."

Wiedenman noted that several different types of teams were able to use various aspects of the tools to create viable designs in the course of the challenge. The winning team, for example, was geographically separated, but was able to use the collaboration tools to create the winning design. Another finalist team was comprised of people who met through VehicleFORGE, the online collaboration platform used by competitors to manage and submit their designs. Still another top design was submitted by a one-person team. In many cases, a traditional design process would likely have excluded these teams from contributing their ideas.

Since the beginning of the first FANG Challenge on January 14, 2013, more than 1,000 participants within more than 200 teams used the META design tools and the VehicleFORGE collaboration platform developed by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to design and simulate the performance of thousands of potential mobility and drivetrain subsystems. The goal of the FANG program is to test the specially developed META design tools, model libraries and the VehicleFORGE platform, which were created to significantly compress the design-to-production time of a complex defense system.

Now that the design challenge has concluded, the winning FANG design will be built by the DARPA iFAB program team. iFAB, or Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits, is led by the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University and will validate the manufacturability feedback, foundry configuration, and instruction generation tools as part of the build process. Ultimately, the as-built design will be subjected to test and evaluation under the leadership of the FANG performer, Ricardo Inc. of Van Buren Township, Mich.

Begun in 2010 as part of DARPA's advanced manufacturing initiative, AVM is a portfolio of programs focused on the reduction of complex military system development timelines by a factor of five or more. The technical approach encompasses multiple efforts addressing all aspects of the manufacturing process, from requirements representation, through design, to final physical build of a full-scale complex defense system.


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      alfredschrader
      • 4 Days Ago
      I love DARPA - one million is a tidy sum. The one I invented has fold-up seats that fold right into the inside walls of the tank using a "snap-lock" feature. Plus it has a main gun that spins the projective in a Large Hadron Collider-like doughnut ring firing it at fractions of the speed of light - can take-out any tank, orbiting satellites, nuke missiles in the boost phase, etc. and it doesn't require "touchy" ordinance stores. I could sketch it on a cocktail napkin if they ask me.
      Tom Harrell
      • 4 Days Ago
      A 1 $MILLION dollar GIFT for a Drawing ? ?----------------OK, How much are Each ONE of these new SUPER TRACKS gonna cost us ? ? ------------------Can the Leap tall buildings at a single bound ? ?
      • 4 Days Ago
      this is amazing because just this morning i awoke thinking "what the world needs now is another machine of war, especially one that will probably be used in this country against it's own citizens. i don't mind living in poverty knowing my government is watching my back.
      arenadood
      • 4 Days Ago
      Great idea, this should help young minds develope and learn how to work together.
      fitzbeerman
      • 4 Days Ago
      How many are Homeland Seurity going to need?
      Cathyrobitaille6
      • 4 Days Ago
      I thought we were paying for this anyway through taxes with their engineers. Just another group not doing their work but getting paid by us.
      generalsnafu
      • 4 Days Ago
      This is great. We now have the opportunity to design the next military vehicle for killing more innocent people.