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Remote Deployment of Explosive Detection Material

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive Whippany, NJ 07981-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Remote Deployment of Explosive Detection Material
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-12-C-0104
Award Amount: $149,998.00


Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI) is proposing to modify its existing extended range 40mm non-lethal munition to carry a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) payload to detect and confirm explosives at a stand-off distance of 100 meters. The MIP is accurately delivered and distributed with very low impact energy to preclude an inadvertent detonation of suspected explosive materials. Transition to the field can be near term due to the already demonstrated long-range accuracy of MSI"s 40mm munition and because MIP is proven for safe explosive detection of commonly used substances (TNT, TNB, TNP, Tetryl, AN and UN). Additionally, the 40mm munition uses already type-classified propellant and an existing M-203 launcher reducing the logistic tail associated with introducing a new launcher. A barrier to more MIP usage has been a low cost, accurate, non-lethal, easily adaptable, and longer range delivery system. Pre-proposal testing with marking powder has demonstrated the ability to distribute the munition"s 40 ml payload over a 25 square inch area. Phase I work uses a combination of ballistic and impact force analysis and testing to evaluate, select, and demonstrate the preferred MIP packaging arrangement to maximize splatter pattern while minimizing impact energy for optimization during a Phase II project.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Boyadjis
Principal Engineer
(973) 326-9920

Business Contact:

Eric Olson
Vice President Business Development
(973) 326-9920
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive Wh, NJ -

EIN/Tax ID: 223476647
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No