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SKYRAD:Autonomous UAS for Radiation Search and Mapping

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
Contract: 70RWMD20C00000007
Agency Tracking Number: FY19.1-H-SB019.1-010-0026-II
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB019.1-010
Solicitation Number: FY19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-17
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Dr, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2814
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mun Wai Lee
 Associate Director
 (301) 294-4762
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: VP, Contracts & Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution

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. Despite a significant investment in unmanned air and ground systems, effectively detecting and locating radioactive sources remains a challenge to first responders.

We propose to continue to develop SkyRad, an advanced UAS for detection of radiological, chemical and biological threats. 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 as well as chemical/biological threat heat map and perform source localization.

Commercial applications include law enforcement, special event security, public safety, fire and EMS agencies and private industries.

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