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Dosimetry Devices

Radiation instills fear because it is invisible and scarcely understood. Accurate measurements of radiation exposure can quickly bring clarity to a chaotic event, allowing first responders to manage the event efficiently. Aquila dosimetry devices employ patented optically stimulated luminescent (OSL) technology, providing the highest accuracy of total accumulated dose possible. Detection and safeguarding devices employ pin diodes, Geiger–Müller (GM) counters, and pioneering RF technology.

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Aquila offers radiation detection and nuclear radiation identification equipment for the safety and security of our military and first responder communities, as well as nuclear safeguards and facility security applications.

Radiation Detector

Solar cells are known to react to X-Rays and/or gamma rays, impinging on them. Normally, the signal caused by X-Rays or gamma rays in the solar cell output is miniscule compared to the signal that is created by visible light. The DragonScale detector uses basic solar cell physics to create a signal just from the X-Rays and gamma rays. We can achieve this signal by adding layers of materials to the basic solar cell to block the visible light and enhance the stopping power of the detector assembly to boost the signal created by X-Rays and gamma rays.

The events caused in the DragonScale detector assembly by X-Rays and/or gamma radiation are collected using conventional signal processing electronics. The signal processing provides real-time detection in a similar manner to GM tubes. Our approach uniquely leverages the thin, flexible silicon microelectronics manufacturing, integrating, and testing capabilities that have been developed over the last few years.

Using multiple DragonScale detectors in arrays or stacks of arrays permits detecting directionality and the energy of the incoming radiation.


The mission of the Aquila Rapid Detection Sensor Platform (RDSP) is to simplify the detection of infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats by putting the power of a diagnostic laboratory into the palm of your hand. Our patented flagship product, the Bacillus anthracis Diagnostics (BaDx) cartridge, provides portable diagnosis of anthrax in a design that is faster, safer, and easier than conventional methods. Future models will be able to detect E.coli, salmonella, valley fever and group A Strep. The Bacillus anthracis Diagnostic (BaDx) cartridge can be used by first responders to quickly screen suspicious powders for anthrax and is also ideal for use in agricultural settings. The patented technology of the BaDx has been licensed by Aquila from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).

The BaDx is simple, safe, and easy to use. It is a self-contained laboratory, with a sensitivity and accuracy exceeding or rivaling any other detection capability. Its sealed culture chamber amplifies samples prior to introduction to the lateral flow assay (LFA), such that the BaDx is capable of detecting a single spore of Bacillus anthracis.

A Platform for Expansion

The self-contained selective culturing system, magnetic valves, LFA readout, and onboard decontamination agent will all be applied to the detection of other biological agents. SNL and Aquila are currently developing cartridges for other deadly pathogens, such as botulism, salmonella, listeria, and group A strep.

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Aquila partnered with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a revolutionary solution for anthrax testing, called BaDx, using ingenious cartridge design and magnetically operated valves so it can be used in a variety of environments, including some very primitive areas of the world. The anthrax cartridge is only the beginning of a new, exciting, and simple-to-use technology for detecting harmful pathogens, such as E.coli, salmonella, valley fever, group A strep, and others.

BaDx Video