Bio-MAV Development

Period of Performance: 09/26/2016 - 09/25/2017

$1000K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Physical Sciences, Inc.
ANDOVER, MA 01810
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop an unmanned aircraft system based bioaerosol detection capability that is cued to a region of interest using non-specific, persistent and wide area thermal imagers commonly deployed for surveillance. The detection capability, referred to as Bio-MAV, will fold into a recursive Bayesian classifier (RBC) processing module currently being developed by PSI to detect and track bioaerosol plumes using widely installed thermal imagers. Bio-MAV will be integrated to PSIs InstantEye (IE) as two modules: Mod 1 comprised of a Gen 3 IE with an on-board thermal imager used to observe, locate, and bound an aerosol plume, and Mod 2 comprised of a Gen 4 IE with a repackaged commercial off the shelf biological point detector to provide confirmation whether the thermal object identified by the RBC is a biological agent containing aerosol. The projected detection limit is 50,000 ACPLA with 80% probability with a 2 minute time to detect. Data streams from the two Bio-MAV sensors will be folded into the RBCs framework to provide wide area, persistent, high confidence bioaerosol threat early warning. Bio-MAV will be developed and will undergo multiple open release field tests under the proposed effort.