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Monitoring and Inspecting Dirty Nukes Including Generating Heatmaps of Terrain (MIDNIGHT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RDND19C00000006
Agency Tracking Number: FY19.1-H-SB019.1-010-0018-I
Amount: $149,993.48
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB019.1-010
Solicitation Number: FY19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-25
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael O'Meara
 Senior Robotics Software Engineer
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

A successful weapon of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist attack against the United States would have a profound and potentially catastrophic impact on our nation. It is imperative to be able to quickly, efficiently, and effectively localize radiological threats in a wide array of unstructured environments to detect and deter such an event. In recent years, man-portable radiation detectors have become smaller and more capable. At the same time, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have become much cheaper, more reliable, and more sophisticated. UAS play a critical and growing role in government, military, commercial, and scientific operations across a range of missions. Their versatility, maneuverability, and dependability, coupled with their ability to keep operators out of harm's way, make them critical assets in a wide range of domains. Charles River Analytics proposes to develop a concept design, perform feasibility assessments, and develop a prototype system for Monitoring and Inspecting Dirty Nukes Including Generating Heat maps of Terrain (MIDNIGHT). MIDNIGHT is an end-to-end system for conducting surveys for radiological threats using a coordinated team of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). MIDNIGHT enables multiple UAS to safely and effectively conduct semi-autonomous searches in complex, real-world environments.

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