Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering services and products company, today announced that it has received a $1.3M contract from the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah . The goal of this contract is the design, development and fabrication of a Spectral Characterization Instrument to measure the spectral signatures and cross-sections of biological simulants and agents in support of open-air range tests of Infrared/Ultraviolet Laser-Induced Fluorescence Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems. The LIDAR systems are intended to detect potentially harmful biological threat clouds. The computer-controlled instrument developed under this contract will provide the user with spectral characteristics of materials within seconds and will be capable of handling bio-level III samples. The program will be managed by Dr. Dominique Fourguette , Senior Scientist and Manager of Michigan Aerospace Corporation’s Los Angeles , CA office.