DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

Portable Machine Detects Explosives In Luggage

5/1/2011
By Eric Beidel
In the airport, at the office park, on a subway platform — an unattended bag often leads to the deployment of a bomb squad.

EADS North America has announced that it will work with the U.S. Navy to refine a portable device aimed at detecting explosives in unattended luggage. The system can identify the presence and location of chemical, radiological and explosive threats in ordnance, parcels and luggage, officials said.

The Unattended Luggage Inspection System weighs less than 75 pounds and consists of just two elements — a detection device and a laptop computer. “With the push of a button [teams using it can] identify and characterize material threats concealed in everyday objects,” EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe said.

The system projects neutron particles at an object to determine the type, location and mass of suspicious material. From a distance of 12 meters, an operator can use the machine to get an automatic indication of whether a threat is present along with 3-D images of the object’s interior.

Under the new agreement, EADS will customize the system’s algorithms to adapt to Navy requirements. This process is expected to take several months.

Topics: Bomb and Warhead

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