Rapid Sample Transport in Austere Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: W911SR-13-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: C122-108-0038
Amount: $98,870.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD12-108
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
STARA Technologies, Inc.
61 S. William Dillard Drive, Gilbert, AZ, -
DUNS: 023949006
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glen Bailey
 Chief Engineer, Vice President
 (480) 850-1555
 glen.bailey@staratechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Colin McCavitt
Title: President
Phone: (480) 850-1555
Email: colin.mccavitt@staratechnologies.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
In austere and inaccessible environments, transport of critical medical, chemical and/or biological samples can be difficult. In this SBIR Phase I, a technical feasibility trade space is used to evaluate technologies used to preserve biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and bacterial at room temperatures; transport samples from austere locations to safe recover areas, recover samples after precision delivery to any specified location; establish a transport command, control, and monitoring system. In the feasibility trade space, key technology components and parameters are analyzed and rated for how well they support meeting technical objectives. The output of the trade space is a feasibility rating for each concept evaluated. System components evaluated include processes, methods, and equipment used to collect biological samples; methods and equipment used to store biological samples; use of balloons to transport samples using wind motion from austere locations to safe areas for recovery; use of guided parafoils to deliver samples to specified locations with GPS accuracies; a near real-time command and control system with world-wide coverage using SATCOM. The sample storage method is simplified by storing at room temperatures. Transport is simplified by using custom latex balloon capable of lifting a variety of system weights to selectable altitudes.

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