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Active-Passive Fusion for Surface Contamination Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-13-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number: C131-103-0043
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD13-103
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-08-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-02-28
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, -
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Seem
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop a sensor system based on an innovative approach for liquid contaminant detection and identification on operationally-relevant surfaces. The proposed system will provide a sensitive (1 mg/m2 objective, 500 mg/m2 threshold), stand-off (<30 m) and on-the-move capability for measuring the long-wave infrared (8µm 12µm) signatures of low vapor pressure chemical warfare agents (Mustard, VX), toxic industrial chemicals (TIC), and non-traditional agents (NTA). The proposed hardware and algorithm package combines the improved signal strength and sensitivity of active backscatter LIDAR with the broad-applicability and wavelength-selectivity of passive hyperspectral detection. Through the development of a system model and laboratory breadboard hardware in Phase I, PSI will demonstrate the feasibility of combined active-passive hardware, the expected sensitivity of the technique, and a framework for active-passive fusion algorithms. A Phase II effort will produce a TRL 5 device able to operate under relevant conditions (day/night, clear/cloudy skies) and acquire full-scene active and passive data with a ground pixel area of 50cm x 50cm at a rate sufficient for 10 mph on-the-move acquisition.

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