AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded 1st Detect Corp. a phase I contract to develop a technology for improving mass spectrometer threat detection system sensitivity.
U.S. company 1st Detect was awarded the phase I deal as part of the Army's Chemical and Biological Defense Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Under the contract, 1st Detect will work to improve mass spectrometer sensitivity through the development of a sample inlet system. Officials say 1st Detect was awarded the contract to improve the sensitivity of mass spectrometers to strengthen biological or chemical threat detection capabilities.
"The development of this new technology will greatly enhance the military's ability to detect chemical threats by increasing the sensitivity of mass spectrometers by orders of magnitude," David Rafferty, 1st Detect president and chief technology officer, said in a statement.