FLIR Systems, Inc. introduced it has received a contract price as much as $8.0 million from the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office (DTRA JSTO) to quickly develop next-generation chemical detection options based mostly on ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) expertise.

FLIR will crew with Purdue University to advance their cutting-edge analysis in ion mobility design and two-dimensional mass spectrometry (2D MS/MS) right into a modular, versatile platform system for chemical detection. The platform shall be fielded as a light-weight, person-portable sensor for downrange chemical screening, as a sensor payload for unmanned platforms, and as an embedded real-time monitor for chemical releases. The program’s objective is to supply warfighters with smaller, sooner, extra interconnected chemical detection and identification instruments for use in a variety of situations.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to lead this effort to develop and deliver innovative point-sensing technology for use on the frontlines,” mentioned Dr. David Cullin, vice chairman within the Sensors enterprise at FLIR. “Speedy and accurate chemical classification is paramount to countering these dangerous threats. We’re excited to work with Purdue University on a system that will provide our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines with life-saving solutions.”

The IMS/MS venture will leverage current improvements from FLIR and Purdue to additional develop compact {hardware} with novel MS scanning strategies that permit way more chemical identification knowledge to be collected from a single pattern evaluation. The work additionally has the potential to vary the paradigm of fielded chemical detection by eradicating the necessity for pre-recorded knowledge libraries of identified threats. Advanced algorithms will allow variants of threats that haven’t been seen earlier than to be quickly categorised and recognized. The full system additionally will embrace modular front-ends to facilitate wider sampling evaluation, in addition to a number of choices for communication protocols, energy inputs, and different hyperlinks to assist a broad vary of detection missions.

The three-year effort, consisting of a one-year base interval adopted by two one-year choices, will end in a mature built-in IMS/MS prototype prepared for transition to an acquisition Program of Record. Work shall be carried out at Purdue University and at FLIR amenities in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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