The Opioid Detection Challenge

A $2.1 million competition to advance how we measure Earth’s magnetic field

The National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency is accelerating novel approaches to geomagnetic data collection for the World Magnetic Model.

MEET THE INNOVATORS

About the competition

The World Magnetic Model is used every day around the world

The WMM is embedded in thousands of systems. More than a billion smartphone users depend on the WMM to point them in the right direction when they use mobile navigation apps. Drivers rely on the WMM to align the compasses in their cars.

Phase 1
March 21, 2019 – May 16, 2019
Open to all eligible solvers

In Phase 1, the challenge sought concepts that proposed novel methods or technologies to collect geomagnetic data for the World Magnetic Model (WMM).

Phase 2
June 20, 2019 – August 28, 2019
Open to all eligible solvers

In Phase 2, the challenge sought detailed designs and plans for data collection methodologies, including a concept of operations, a description of expected performance and potential risks, and an overview of potential future program management.

Phase 3
March 2020 – September 2020
Limited to invited teams


Phase 3 seeks refined designs and testing plans for WMM data collection methodologies.

TIMELINE

Phase 1 was open to all eligible solvers from March 21, 2019 to May 16, 2019. Phase 2 was open to solvers from Phase 1, as well as new solvers who did not participate in the first phase of the challenge. Submissions opened June 20, 2019 and closed August 28, 2019.

Six innovator teams from Phase 2 were invited to participate in Phase 3, which began in March 2020 and will conclude in September 2020.

See the detailed Schedule

 

  • COMPETITION LAUNCH

    March 21, 2019
  • PHASE 1 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

    June 20, 2019
  • PHASE 2 LAUNCH

    June 20, 2019
  • Phase 2 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

    September 27, 2019
  • CURRENT STAGE

    PHASE 3 KICKOFF

    March 2020
  • PHASE 3 DESIGN REVIEW EVENT

    August 2020
  • PHASE 3 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    September 2020

PHASE 3 TEAMS

Six innovator teams were invited to participate in Phase 3, which will award $900,000 in cash prizes.

If you are interested in collaborating with a Phase 3 team, please email hello@magquest.com with a brief summary of your interest and capabilities.

Compact Spaceborne Magnetic Observatory (COSMO) CubeSat

University of Colorado Boulder
A CubeSat specifically designed and tested for magnetic cleanliness and accurate data from a compact form factor. A compact scalar-vector magnetometer designed specifically for CubeSats enables high-quality collection of magnetic field data.

CubeSat-powered Geomagnetic Data Collection

Spire Global, Inc.
A modified Cube-Satellite design that could provide greater redundancy and increased magnetic data quality. This system brings modified commercial magnetic sensor technology to Spire’s existing infrastructure for satellites, ground stations, and data processing.

Diamonds in the Sky: Vector Magnetometry for Spaceborne Platforms

SB Technologies, Inc.
Diamond magnetometer technology integrated into a network of CubeSats. The quantum magnetometer features a high dynamic range and intrinsic calibrating capabilities, enabling greater accuracy.

Global Acquisition of Magnetic Measurements at Altitude (GAMMA)

Stellar Solutions
A solution that would add miniature magnetometers as hosted payloads to planned satellite missions and expand a ground-based magnetometer array. The miniature space sensors are cost-effective, and the combination of spaceborne and terrestrial data decreases risk.

Small Integrated Geomagnetic Array (SIGMA)

Iota Technology
A CubeSat featuring a 3D magnetometer array that could provide greater precision and accuracy than a comparable fluxgate magnetometer.

Terrestrial and Seafloor Automated Magnetic Observatories

Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
An international network of 103 automated magnetic observatories on land and the seafloor. The observatories could be deployed at almost any global location; automation could deliver continuous data while decreasing staffing and support needs.

Awards

PHASES 1-3 TOTAL PRIZE POOL

$2.1 million

Phase 1 awarded $200,000 in cash prizes, and Phase 2 awarded $1,000,000 in cash prizes. Phase 3 will award $900,000 in cash prizes.

At NGA’s discretion, additional phases of the challenge may follow Phase 3.

Award Details

Judging Panel

The independent judging panel for Phase 3 will include distinguished experts in sensors, platform engineering, mission operations and program management, the World Magnetic Model, and geomagnetism.

Phase 3 judges will be added as they are confirmed.

Meet the judges

Resources

MagQuest provided informational resources for solvers as they developed their Phase 1 and 2 submissions.

During Phase 3, subject matter experts from academia, industry, and government will provide expertise in sensors, platform engineering, mission operations and program management, theWorld Magnetic Model, and geomagnetism to participating teams.

See the Resources