Visualization of Propellant Residues From Shoulder-Fired Rockets Upon Skin and Clothing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-6602
Agency Tracking Number: F051-075-0101
Amount: $99,957.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-075
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Kupiec
 Senior Scientist
 (949) 553-0688
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Research Institution
Shoulder launched missiles, particularly the RPG-7, constitute 50% of all casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Returning direct fire is difficult due to the insurgents use of crowds as cover. As a result, the Air Force requires a means of detecting propellant residue on skin and clothes in order to identify individuals who have recently fired rockets. In response to this need, MetroLaser, proposes the standoff optical acquisition propellant detection (SOAP-D) system based on a recently discovered photoluminescence effect which generates a sharp 705 nm emission in response to the vast majority of modern explosives and propellants, including the four major components of RPG propellant. The technique does not require contact or deposition of chemicals and can be used in real time over considerable distances. Initial testing using smokeless powder firearm discharge residue indicates that detection is possible under realistic conditions. The SOAP-D system will implement a rugged, portable, easy to use system for the detection of propellant residues. In Phase I, MetroLaser will obtain samples of propellant residue, evaluate and optimize the photoluminescent effect employed, and demonstrate an optical breadboard system capable of detecting operation over distances of several meters. Commercial applications include screening of baggage and parcels and forensics.

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