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Autonomous Airborne Chemical/Biological Cloud Detection Sensor

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Department of Defense
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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2009 / SBIR
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4401 DAYTON XENIA RD DAYTON, OH 45432-1805
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Autonomous Airborne Chemical/Biological Cloud Detection Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: HDTRA2-09-P-0009
Award Amount: $99,970.00


Develop a small, low power and accurate sensor for in-situ detection of chemical and biological clouds by measuring one or more constituents of the cloud, such as the size and concentration of the particulates or other identifiable constituents as the UAV passes through the cloud. DESCRIPTION: Autonomous vehicles such as UAV and unmanned helicopters are being developed for in-situ detection and analysis of clouds generated from explosion of suspicious targets with possible chemical or biological agents present. There is a need for a small, light and low power sensor that would detect the cloud boundaries at the UAV enters and leaves the dust cloud and to measure the concentration of one or more identifiable constituents as the UAV passes through the cloud. The data generated by the proposed sensor should be available to the UAV in less than 1 ms with the data update rated of 100 Hz. The sensor is required to be rugged, reliable and have a concentration dynamic range in excess of 105. PHASE I: Fabricate a proof-of-concept prototype and perform laboratory and field tests to demonstrate the performance characteristics such as dynamic range, accuracy and frequency response of the sensor. PHASE II: Fabricate six sensor systems for integration into UAV and perform field tests. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The proposed sensors may be used as remote and autonomous sensors for environmental studies and for the monitoring of pollution clouds downwind from chimneys.

Principal Investigator:

Melanie Tomczak
Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Bryce W. Skinn
Business Relations Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH 45432

EIN/Tax ID: 310797776
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No