Miniature Electronic Sniffer for Navy Vertical Take off Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: N064-010-0231
Amount: $499,974.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T010
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder St., Chico, CA, 95973
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Ward
 Senior Engineer
 (216) 587-4750
 bward@makelengineering.com
Business Contact
 Darby Makel
Title: President
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Email: dmakel@makelengineering.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOC.
 Sophia Hill
 10211 Wincopin Circle
Suite 500
Columbia, MD, 21044 3432
 (410) 730-2656
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The objective of this research is a reliable, low false alarm sniffer system for use with shipboard-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have proposed glow-discharge based detection system that will be extremely compact (<1 lb.) and provide highly sensitive detection of explosives and the potential to detect a broad range of chemical and biological agents. This system will be a microplasma-based electronic sniffer (MHGD Sniffer). During Phase I, MEI and USRA developed a breadboard microplasma system with mass detection limits of low ppm to high ppb of chemicals tested, with improvement expected as the detection system is further engineered. Species identification may be made quantitative through calibration. No such combined capability currently exists for compounds that range from aerosols to gases.

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