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Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-14-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A13A-017-0061
Amount: $149,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-01-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-07-09
Small Business Information
1315 Greg Street #103, Sparks, NV, -
DUNS: 145411216
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ben Rogers
 Senior Technical Staff
 (775) 972-9816
 rogers@nevadanano.com
Business Contact
 Ralph Whitten
Title: President
Phone: (775) 972-9816
Email: rwhitten@nevadanano.com
Research Institution
 University of Nevada, Reno
 Lisa Grey
 University of Nevada, Reno
Mailstop 325
Reno, NV, 89557-0240
 (775) 784-7053
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose a platform for aerial environmental monitoring based on the integration of two advanced technologies for the first time: a lightweight, flying robotic platform capable of hovering and swarming, and a compact, low-power chemical sensor platform called the Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS): a robust, low-cost, silicon-chip-based micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) that has been used for detection and identification of chemicals and trace (parts-per-trillion) levels of explosives vapor and particles in defense applications. The MPS sensor"s orthogonal analysis capability, low power consumption, small size, light weight and near-imperviousness to high g-force trauma (from drops, hitting the ground, etc.) all combine to make it highly suitable for a flyable chemical sensor module. The University of Nevada, Reno quadcopter design employs four independently controlled rotors with advanced onboard sensors to fly autonomously. The system will be capable of inter-unit communication and self-powering. Utilizing the real-time data collected and analyzed by the MPS, the unit will be capable of swarming with other units during the 90-minute surveillance flight, collecting data once per minute over a given area to localize and profile a contaminant source.

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