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SKYRAD:Autonomous UAS for Radiation Search and Mapping

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RDND19C00000009
Agency Tracking Number: FY19.1-H-SB019.1-010-0026-I
Amount: $149,967.72
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB019.1-010
Solicitation Number: FY19.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-20
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Dr, Suite 190, Rockville, MD, 20855-2814
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mun Wai Lee
 Associate Director
 (301) 294-4762
 mlee@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: VP - Contracts & Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Rapid, reliable, and accurate detection of radiation is critical in preparing for and responding to potential terrorist attacks with a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or "dirty bomb". Current detection methods using handheld or vehicle-borne detectors are inefficient, labor-intensive, and often limited to small screening areas. Deploying a small autonomous UAS carrying a radiation detector has proven to provide a more effective method for scanning a large area. Nonetheless, efficiently detecting and locating radioactive sources remains a challenge to first responders.We propose to develop an advanced UAS for radiation detector, named SkyRad.SkyRad will use intelligent sensing to understand the scene and use context aware dynamic path planning to optimize the search mission. SkyRad will generate 3D mapping of the radiation heat map and perform radioactive source localization.Commercial applications include law enforcement, special event security, public safety, fire and EMS agencies and private industries.

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