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Robotic Force Health Protection from Chem-Bio Agents and IEDs

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD 20770-1423
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Robotic Force Health Protection from Chem-Bio Agents and IEDs
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-07-C-0016
Award Amount: $69,950.00


Currently no integrated mobile robotic capability exist that will enable detection of chemical and bio-warfare agents, as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). This SBIR grant proposal describes the redevelopment and prototype deployment of a robotic, unmanned detection system for IEDs, biological and chemical agents to do just that. The system is called ChemBioBEAR. By leveraging the power of the Vecna "BEAR" (Battlefield Extraction and Reconnaissance) mobile robot platform, this project will utilize state of the art chemical and biological detection methods, and be integrated with small mobile technologies that are capable of free roaming, radio control, and/or two-way teleoperated manipulations. The result will be a self contained, unmanned, broad-spectrum detection and assay system, capable of sampling and reporting operations in the field, and under hostile scenarios. The system will be implemented on a UGV, such that it can be sent off to survey areas such as around a combat casualty for TNT and chem-bio agent contamination. Our proposal will attempt to implement a rapid-response system, capable of accurate threat level determination, with minimal false alarm rate, using low-cost, rugged instrumentation suitable for field operation. The system will detect many threatening compounds, biomolecules and cells, in a rugged mobile package.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher Larsen
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Mike Bearman
VP; General Counsel
Small Business Information at Submission:

5004 Lehigh Avenue College Park, MD 20740

EIN/Tax ID: 522152399
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No