Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$149,991.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132T-14-C-0005
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A13A-017-0061
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
A13A-T017
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
1315 Greg Street #103, Sparks, NV, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145411216
Principal Investigator:
BenRogers
Senior Technical Staff
(775) 972-9816
rogers@nevadanano.com
Business Contact:
RalphWhitten
President
(775) 972-9816
rwhitten@nevadanano.com
Research Institute:
University of Nevada, Reno
Lisa Grey
University of Nevada, Reno
Mailstop 325
Reno, NV, 89557-0240
(775) 784-7053

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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