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Wearable High-Power Microwave Exposure Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH22C0088
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0673
Amount: $1,099,948.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA211-005
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-12-04
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
 Richard Wilson
 (978) 738-8224
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has developed a prototype, novel, low-cost wearable sensor to indicate when personnel or equipment has been exposed to high-power microwave (HPM) weapons. The sensor is lightweight, self-powered and designed to fit within a pocket. The prototype includes a wideband antenna, detection circuit and permanent indicator that alerts the wearer upon exposure to an HPM environment (>100 W/m2). The development of this product is motivated by the increasing use of HPM weapons on the battlefield, the need to protect military personnel and the suspected “Havana Syndrome” attacks that have been reported around the world. In addition, with the increasing use of electronics in the military, and the use of High Power Microwave devices by the US and its adversaries, the threat of microwave damage to equipment has grown. This damage may result in equipment with latent failures that become apparent only when the equipment is used. Given the battery-less form of the PSI detector, placement on sensitive equipment or inclusion in shipping containers will indicate exposure similar to shock-watch sensors. PSI successfully completed the Phase I program and identified sensor improvements for inclusion during the Phase II program resulting in a product ready for low-rate initial production.

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