BioSense Critical Prototype Evaluation (CPE) – Planning and analysis considerations


  1. Simard, J-R.
  2. Lahaie, P.
  3. Buteau, S.
  4. Roy, G.
  5. Mathieu, P.
  6. McFee, J.
  7. Rowsell, S.
  8. Ho, J.
  9. Lacasse, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);AEREX Avionics Inc, Breakeyville QUE (CAN)
Defence Research and Development Canada has recently undertaken the development of a standoff bioaerosol sensing, mapping, tracking and classifying system (BioSense) technology demonstrator. BioSense is a sensor based on lidar and laser induced fluorescence spectrometric technologies, and built to detect bioaerosol clouds at distances up to 5 km. In November 2008, the core portion of the BioSense instrument has been subjected to an interim contractual performance evaluation, known as Critical Prototype Evaluation (CPE), to verify that it meets the projected minimum sensitivity requirements of a bio-cloud of Bacillus Globigii (BG) having 3 µm in diameter and concentration of 20 Agent Content Particle per Litre of Air (ACPLA) at a range of 1 km. Also, this Test and Evaluation will perform the evaluation of contract Rated Technical parameters associated with the radiometric capacity of the instrument that will largely dictate the sensitivity of the developed prototype and its day time operational capability. This document details the theoretical models that were followed to evaluate these characteristics and associated errors, as well as the general experimental procedure to acquire the parameters required by these models. Note that a test plan produced by DRDC Suffield details the experimental plan and schedule of the CPE.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2008-301 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Mar 2009
Number of Pages
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