1ST Detect’s TRACER 3000 MS-ETDTM (“TRACER 3000”) is an internally-funded, non-contact Explosives Trace Detector (ETD) under development to replace and improve upon the swab-based instruments currently used in airports worldwide.

Its Microcavity Plasma (MCP) technology eliminates the need for expensive and cumbersome swabs in the detection of trace level explosives and drugs of abuse. The TRACER 3000 is moved over baggage and emits a blast of plasma that creates unique external ions from explosive materials. These ions are then introduced through a vacuum system and then to the ion trap for analysis.


The TRACER 3000TM is currently in development.