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Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2014 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc. (NNTS)
1315 Greg Street #103 Sparks, NV 89431-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9132T-14-C-0005
Award Amount: $149,991.00


We propose a platform for aerial environmental monitoring based on the integration of two advanced technologies for the first time: a lightweight, flying robotic platform capable of hovering and swarming, and a compact, low-power chemical sensor platform called the Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS): a robust, low-cost, silicon-chip-based micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) that has been used for detection and identification of chemicals and trace (parts-per-trillion) levels of explosives vapor and particles in defense applications. The MPS sensor"s orthogonal analysis capability, low power consumption, small size, light weight and near-imperviousness to high g-force trauma (from drops, hitting the ground, etc.) all combine to make it highly suitable for a flyable chemical sensor module. The University of Nevada, Reno quadcopter design employs four independently controlled rotors with advanced onboard sensors to fly autonomously. The system will be capable of inter-unit communication and self-powering. Utilizing the real-time data collected and analyzed by the MPS, the unit will be capable of swarming with other units during the 90-minute surveillance flight, collecting data once per minute over a given area to localize and profile a contaminant source.

Principal Investigator:

Ben Rogers
Senior Technical Staff
(775) 972-9816

Business Contact:

Ralph Whitten
(775) 972-9816
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc. (NNTS)
1315 Greg Street #103 Sparks, NV 89431-

EIN/Tax ID: 200975939
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Reno
Mailstop 325
Reno, NV 89557-0240
Contact: Lisa Grey
Contact Phone: (775) 784-7053