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SAfE-AWARE: Safety Algorithms for Enhanced Assessment of Workplace Activities, Risks, and Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH21P0100
Agency Tracking Number: H211-005-0045
Amount: $249,910.10
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA211-005
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-11
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alan Hoskinson
 (978) 738-8138
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop a novel low-cost wearable sensor to detect exposure to high-power microwave (HPM) weapons. The sensor will be lightweight, small, and require minimal maintenance to facilitate widespread distribution, allowing definitive identification of invisible HPM weapon usage and support treatment decisions by medical personnel. HPM attack is suspected in the symptoms experienced by U.S. personnel at diplomatic embassies in Cuba and China in 2016 & 2017, but could not be confirmed due to the absence of sensing equipment. Sensor prototypes will be designed and fabricated during Phase I, and will undergo preliminary testing in high field strength test facilities. The design will be refined and extensively tested during the Phase II effort. The proposed Phase I program includes specific tasks to 1) design a small ultra-wideband collection antenna, 2) develop a high-power tolerant, self-powered measurement circuit, 3) select and test an electromagnetic interference-tolerant indicator element, and 4) combine circuit and indicator in into a heavily-shielded case and test the full prototype in a HPM environment. The alarm thresholds for the proposed sensor as well as other design considerations will be refined based on discussions with the DoD sponsor.

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