Use of X-ray Backscatter Imaging to Screen General Aviation Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D11PC20001
Agency Tracking Number: 0921026
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB09.2-001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
829 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica, MA, 01821
DUNS: 001767763
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Schubert
 Dr.
 (978) 262-8615
 jschubert@as-e.com
Business Contact
 William McManus
Phone: (978) 262-8613
Email: wmcmanus@as-e.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

In this Phase II effort, American Science & Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) will design, fabricate, test and deliver a mobile X-ray Backscatter one-sided imaging system suitable for examining general aviation aircraft for the presence of weapons, contraband or other proscribed items. The system employs a high resolution X-ray Backscatter imaging module mounted on an omni-directional host platform, providing exceptional motion control and versatility for imaging key points on general aviation aircraft, including engines, wings, fuselage, and empennage. The system incorporates collision avoidance to prevent any inadvertent contact with the object being scanned. Real time imagery is displayed to the operator, who controls the system from a co-located graphical user interface. The operator can manipulate and analyze the resulting images using the included software toolkit. The aircraft scanner can be easily moved from location to location within the airport using its own power, or it can be loaded onto a standard flatbed transport for more distant relocations. The system is safe for the operator, the item scanned and the surrounding area. A prototype system, training,
manuals and support will be provided within the twelve month program.This program will evaluate the effectiveness and application of an appropriately-configured X-ray Backscatter imager to the screening of general aviation aircraft. It builds on work already in progress at AS&E to miniaturize and improve the resolution of single-sided Xray Backscatter systems.

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