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Small UAS compatible Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: F18B-009-0083
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18B-T009
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-10-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-22
Small Business Information
1395 Greg Street #102
Sparks, NV 89431-1111
United States
DUNS: 145411216
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ben Rogers
 (775) 972-8943
Business Contact
 Rick Shaff
Phone: (775) 972-8943
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Kam Leang
201 President's Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0090
United States

 (801) 581-3450
 Nonprofit college or university

This project will demonstrate a proof-of-concept Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) equipped with chemical sensors for plume tracking and source detection in a realistic outdoor environment.  The project will first develop designs for incorporating chemical sensors onto Group 1 fixed wing and quadcopter SUAS, then make SUAS-performance-enhancing improvements to the Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS) sensor platform, and eventually solve the problem of how SUAS equipped with such sensors would perform plume tracking and source detection.  The team will demonstrate plume detection capability and sensitivity levels through a set of carefully designed experiments and demonstrations.  The program leverages the successes of Phase I efforts in the design of SUAS compatible CBRNE sensors and identifying novel algorithms for plume tracking and source detection.  The assembled technical team of experts from NevadaNano and the University of Utah Robotics Center has a history of collaborating in the area of SUAS-compatible sensor design, development, and deployment to ensure successful project outcomes and deliverables.

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