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QUASAR Federal Systems' Phase II SBIR proposal selected by Army for negotiation
QFS's Phase II SBIR proposal "Electric-Field Gunshot Detection System" has been selected by the Army for negotiation of contract award. The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a gunshot detection system based on QFS's electric field sensors that can be mounted on vehicles as well as function in a free-standing mode.

QUASAR Federal Systems awarded Phase II SBIR Contract by Air Force
QFS has been awarded a Phase II SBIR project called "VHF DF Antennas for SUAS." The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a VHF system suitable for mounting on a UAV that will perform Direction Finding on target signals.

QUASAR Federal Systems awarded contract under DARPA's MEDS program
QUASAR Federal Systems received a contract valued at more than $1 million from DARPA to investigate the use of a combined MRI and Quadrupole Resonance (QR) modality for standoff explosives detection. QFS CTO Dr. Lowell Burnett, who has extensive experience in this field, will serve as PI.

QUASAR Federal Systems names Dr. Yongming Zhang as CEO
Dr. Yongming Zhang, who previously served as VP of Research and Development at QFS, has been named CEO of the organization. Dr. Zhang has been with the company since its inception and has led many successful efforts, including programs with NASA, DARPA and the US Army. Among other projects, Dr. Zhang will lead a push to expand our UAV-based sensing efforts for atmospheric research, DoD and commercial applications.

QUASAR Federal Systems receives contract under DARPA’s NIMBUS program
QFS is pleased to announce that we have received a contract from DARPA to participate in the agency’s NIMBUS lightning research program, which is supporting research into the underlying physics of lightning. QFS has extensive experience in lightning-related sensing applications, and has put together a team of experts to execute an innovative project that seeks to place sensors in the middle of storms by mounting them on UAVs. This first phase of the project will establish the feasibility of the concept, while the larger Phase II will consist of collection and analysis of storm data.

QFS Inventor Recognized by NASA
Dr. Yongming Zhang, VP of Research and Development at QFS, has been granted a Board Action Award from the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board for his invention of QFS’s Electrostatic Monitoring System. Dr. Zhang has received a Certificate of Recognition and a bonus from NASA for his efforts, which have also resulted in a US patent application filed by QFS. We congratulate Yongming for his great work!

QFS develops passive Security Screening System for detection of weapons and other unauthorized objects
QUASAR Federal Systems has recently developed a Security Screening System utilizing QFS’s state-of-the-art magnetic field sensors, our proprietary sensing methodology and a simple, user-friendly software interface. The compact nature of QFS’s magnetic field sensors allows them to be integrated into various structures, and the fact that the system is passive means that the screening can be carried out covertly. The system can detect weapons, and also objects such as cameras and cellphones. The current configuration for screening is an entrance portal, but we have the capability to adapt the system to other specifications and the sensors could be concealed in structures such as support columns and entrance turnstiles.
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QFS selected as EM sensor provider to NASA's Mars Instrument Development Program
QFS is working with the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab (UCB-SSL) on a project to develop a prototype of a deployable instrument package with integrated EM sensors capable of subsurface sounding on Mars. The instrumentation will enable the detection of liquid water at depths of several km beneath the subsurface of Mars. Detecting and characterizing liquid water is a core measurement relevant to the climate history and astrobiological potential of Mars, as well as to the identification of resources that may be accessible to future human missions. QFS is responsible for integration of our electronic and magnetic sensing technology, noise mitigation techniques, and testing of the sensing devices.

QFS and Novx/MKS Instruments Release a Remote Voltage Measurement System for Manufacturing Processes
QFS and Novx/MKS Instruments, a leading supplier of ESC/ESD-related monitoring instruments, cleanroom and ESD protective work area monitoring and control solutions, have released the first product of their Strategic Alliance Agreement. This dime-sized Product Voltage Sensor interfaced to the Novx/MKS Series 7000 Instrument will monitor at remote distance the charge generated by semiconductor wafers in motion. The system is much more compact and sensitive than any existing system on the market today.

The Product Voltage Sensor is the first in a new generation of products designed for remote/distance measurement of voltage on semiconductor wafers, reticles and carriers during manufacturing processes. This very small form factor sensor is designed to be installed outside of robotic process pathways, providing real-time metrics for product voltage and other conversion measurements. Prior to this sensor’s introduction, electrostatic field measurements have been reliant upon close proximity to the target object, making realistic measurement very impractical at the application level. In addition, the extreme sensitivity of this sensor allows discrimination between target voltage characteristics and other background voltage sources that are part of automated handling.

QFS sensors will interface to Novx/MKS instruments to collect the measured "events", perform customer SPC and offer tool interface for direct I/O for on-line/off-line factory control as well as data reporting to the Novx/MKS Instruments PEMS (Process Environment Monitoring System) for factory monitoring, control and report generation. The QFS sensor was developed under a NASA Phase II SBIR contract and is currently undergoing testing in front-end semiconductor wafer handling environments. Features of the system will be as follows:

  • Dime-sized (less than 1" in diameter and 3/16" in height)
  • Measurement range of up to 1 meter from target
  • Real-time data collection and reporting
  • SPC of received data and direct interface to process equipment controller
  • Cost-effective capability for SEMI-E78 compliance testing
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