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RadiaBeam, Lumitron Begin to Develop Gamma Ray Sources Under DARPA Program

RadiaBeam, Lumitron Begin to Develop Gamma Ray Sources Under DARPA Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
RadiaBeam, Lumitron Begin to Develop Gamma Ray Sources Under DARPA Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event

RadiaBeam Technologies and Lumitron Technologies are exploring gamma ray radiation sources for the first phase of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency initiative to develop a nondestructive inspection platform for potential use in health care, industrial and national security efforts.

Both companies aim to create transportable form factor systems over a 24-month period under the Gamma Ray Inspection Technology program, DARPA said Friday.

The agency intends for GRIT to produce high-intensity, narrow-bandwidth gamma rays and expand the application of radiation sources that are only used for basic research at specialized facilities.

“If we can develop a transportable system that could be moved to the point of need on a flatbed semi-trailer or rail car, for example, it could transform nondestructive inspection in many areas of interest, such as radiography of critical-use, high-value aircraft or machine parts or inspection of cargo for contraband,“ said Mark Wrobel, a program manager in DARPA's Defense Sciences Office.

The agency will decide whether it should move the program into the next phase once the two companies complete Phase 1 efforts.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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