Enhanced Buried Explosive Detection System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,993.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAD17-03-C-006
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-1524
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130, Littleton, CO, 80127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John Lovell
Chief Scientist
(303) 792-5615
johnl@adatech.com
Business Contact:
Clifton Brown, Jr.
President
(303) 792-5615
cliffb@adatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The goal of this multi-phase project is to develop a trace explosives detection system to reliably locate land mines from a vehicle traveling at walking pace. Under the Phase I program ADA Technologies will apply advanced geochemical techniques, whichhave previously been used to detect oil and gas and base metal mineralization lying beneath tens to thousands of meters of overburden, to the problem of locating buried explosives.The Phase I program will demonstrate a novel and elegant approach to enhance the detectability of traces of TNT, RDX, 2,4, DNT and two of the common degradation products of TNT, 2A-DNT (2-amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene) and 4A-DNT (4-amino-2,6-dinitrotoluene).The Phase I program will use atmospheric pressure chemical ionization/tandem mass spectrometry (ACPI/MS/MS) as the analytical system to define the best operating parameters of the proposed approach.The Phase I Option program will include a demonstration of the approach with field samples known to be contaminated with explosives from buried explosives. Candidate analytical devices for Phase II will investigated. In Phase II, ADA will build aprototype fieldable unit. A successful demonstration of the proposed concept will accelerate the detection and destruction of the more than 100 million land mines that are dispersed throughout the world and which injure, or kill over 20,000 men, women and children annually. Theproposed approach also has a potential commercial application for screening cargo containers, luggage, airline passengers and vehicles for traces of contraband explosives and terrorist devices.

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