US Army funds Bodkin Design & Engineering to develop a portable hyperspectral imager to detect chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals
Soldiers and first responders run the risk of encountering chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs). Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC (BD&E) is announcing the development of a unique compact instrument that will identify these chemicals through spectral imaging and enable the avoidance or proper handling of hazardous materials.
BD&E has been awarded $999,999.98 for Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the US Army Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. Under this contract, a longwave infrared (LWIR) hyperspectral imager is being developed to detect CWAs and TICs. The unique instrument simplifies the design of the optical system, greatly reducing the size and weight, resulting in a first of its kind standoff chemical detection imager suitable to be hand carried, vehicle mounted or UAV borne.
Spectroscopy is a key tool in chemical identification and defense. Specifically, the LWIR region contains spectral signatures indicative of several important substances, including organo-phosphates, blister agents and TICs. Current LWIR hyperspectral systems are limited by both their large size and unsuitability for use in mobile platforms. The LWIR snapshot instrument developed under this program overcomes these limitations, has no moving parts and is capable of capturing spectral and spatial data-cubes at video rates.