FLIR to Team with Purdue University to Develop Novel Ion Separation and Analysis Technologies with Funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency

ARLINGTON, Va., March, 2021 ― FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) introduced it has gained 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 subsequent-technology chemical detection options based mostly on ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) know-how.

FLIR will staff with Purdue University to advance their chopping-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, particular person-transportable sensor for downrange chemical screening, as a sensor payload for unmanned platforms, and as an embedded actual-time monitor for chemical releases. The program’s aim is to offer warfighters with smaller, sooner, extra interconnected chemical detection and identification instruments for use in a variety of eventualities.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to lead this effort to develop and deliver innovative point-sensing technology for use on the frontlines,” stated Dr. David Cullin, vp 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 challenge will leverage current improvements from FLIR and Purdue to additional develop compact {hardware} with novel MS scanning strategies that enable much 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 recognized 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 embody modular entrance-ends to facilitate wider sampling evaluation, in addition to a number of choices for communication protocols, energy inputs, and different hyperlinks to help a broad vary of detection missions. 

The three-yr effort, consisting of a one-yr base interval adopted by two one-yr 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 services in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

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