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Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-16-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6009
Amount: $999,812.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-07
Small Business Information
1315 Greg Street #103
Sparks, NV 89431
United States
DUNS: 145411216
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Hilton
 (775) 972-8943
 chris.hilton@nevadanano.com
Business Contact
 Ralph Whitten
Phone: (775) 972-8943
Email: rwhitten@nevadanano.com
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Dr. Kam Leang
 
50 South Central Campus Drive Room 2110 MEB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

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 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

The goal of this program is to develop an autonomous, hover-capable, flying robot with an onboard chemical sensor chip for chemical surveillance and environmental monitoring. The key capabilities of this integrated system will be, in order of priority: 1. Real-time chemical sensing and data transfer to a base station. The final platform will detect and identify airborne chemicals using the Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS)a low-cost, MEMS-based, lab-on-a-chip platform, developed with funding from DARPA, the DOD and various industrial development partners. This chip is capable of delivering comprehensive multi-mode orthogonal chemical analysis in a very lightweight form factor. 2. Inter-unit communication and swarming. Utilizing real-time chemical and flight data, the unit will be capable of coordinating with other airborne units during surveillance of a given area to, for example, localize and profile a contaminant source. 3. The potential for self-powering. The flight vehicle is a highly maneuverable multi-rotor (quadcopter) platform, equipped with flight sensors to enable detection and avoidance of obstacles and GPS for navigation. Software will be developed to enable chemical mapping missions over a user-specified region. The system will be field tested at a government test site, and a functional prototype with user software delivered to the Army.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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