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Miniature Electronic Sniffer for Navy Vertical Take off Unmanned Aerial…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
77102
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-010-0231
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973-9064
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Miniature Electronic Sniffer for Navy Vertical Take off Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAVs)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0020
Award Amount: $499,974.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this research is a reliable, low false alarm sniffer system for use with shipboard-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have proposed glow-discharge based detection system that will be extremely compact (<1 lb.) and provide highly sensitive detection of explosives and the potential to detect a broad range of chemical and biological agents. This system will be a microplasma-based electronic sniffer (MHGD Sniffer). During Phase I, MEI and USRA developed a breadboard microplasma system with mass detection limits of low ppm to high ppb of chemicals tested, with improvement expected as the detection system is further engineered. Species identification may be made quantitative through calibration. No such combined capability currently exists for compounds that range from aerosols to gases.

Principal Investigator:

Benjamin Ward
Senior Engineer
2165874750
bward@makelengineering.com

Business Contact:

Darby Makel
President
5308952771
dmakel@makelengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MAKEL ENGINEERING, INC.
1585 Marauder St. Chico, CA 95973

EIN/Tax ID: 680374879
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOC.
10211 Wincopin Circle
Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044 3432
Contact: Sophia Hill
Contact Phone: (410) 730-2656
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization