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Miniature Electronic Sniffer for Navy Vertical Take off Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0300
Agency Tracking Number: N064-010-0231
Amount: $99,948.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T010
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-31
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder St.
Chico, CA 95973
United States
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Ward
 Senior Engineer
 (216) 587-4750
Business Contact
 Darby Makel
Title: President
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Research Institution
 Sophia Hill
10211 Wincopin Circle Suite 50
Columbia, MD 21044
United States

 (410) 730-2656
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Makel Engineering Inc. and Universities Space Research Institute propose to develop a reliable, low false alarm system for use with VTUAVs to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. The proposed glow-discharge based detection system would 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. Mass detection limits of ppm to ppb are anticipated.BENEFITS: In addition to use in VTUAVs, potential markets include explosive detection systems for federal, state, and municipal government agencies, as well as the private sector. The proposed work involves the development of a highly sensitive, but generally applicable detection system that can detect a variety of species in addition to explosive, such as chemical weapons, biological agents, toxic industrial compounds, and drug processing lab chemicals.

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