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OSI To Undertake Nuclear Material Detection Research

OSI Systems : 02 September, 2010  (Application Story)
The Department of Homeland Security has placed an order on Rapiscan Systems for the research and development of solutions for detecting the presence of nuclear materials
OSI Systems has announced that its security division, Rapiscan Systems, has been awarded multiple Exploratory Research Program (ERP) contracts by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). By conducting transformational research and development initiatives, DNDO's objective is to enlist thought leaders to advance the country's nuclear materials detection capabilities. With its leading scientists and engineers, Rapiscan has secured contracts that are incrementally funded for a total obligated value of $2 million with additional options that could be exercised for a total value of up to $12 million.

All of the contracts focus specifically on detecting shielded nuclear material. Specifically, the company has been charged with developing a Liquefied Noble gas detector (in collaboration with Yale University), a threshold activation detector, a human portable system and an aircraft inspection solution.

Ajay Mehra, President of Rapiscan Systems, stated, "These contracts require the unique combination of our team's experience in high-energy x-ray imaging, and nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering. When successfully completed, these threat detection and verification technologies will provide additional inspection capabilities in protecting our nation from weapons of mass destruction being smuggled into the country. The innovative research at Rapiscan Laboratories, our R&D arm, continues to be at the forefront of combating some of this country's most serious security threats."
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