Akamai Physics Inc., a New Mexico based
company will develop a lightweight, compact sensor to enable the U.S.
government to monitor ships inbound to United States ports in an
attempt to detect traces of chemical substances related to Weapons of
Mass destruction (WMD).
sensor, known as Bright Onyx, will use an active multi-spectral
chemical sensor, operating in the 5-um region. It will operate on an
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and will enable detection of substances
at a sensitivity 10ppm*m from the UAV cruising altitude and speed. The
Bright Onyx development is expected to be completed by June 2008. the
program is managed by the U.S. Air Force under a $10 million contract.