Flying UAV Laboratory (COTS system)


UAV Flying Laboratory

Research International has developed a pioneering UAV-based product called the "Flying Laboratory" that has full CBRN monitoring capabilities. A second-generation ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) is mounted onboard to provide toxic gas detection. Up to 20 chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial gases can be detected at part per billion to part per million concentrations. A UV particle fluorometer is used to detect any unusually high biological aerosol levels, and a gamma spectrometer is used in combination with two Geiger counters to detect and identify nuclear materials and monitor radiation levels. One of the Geiger tubes is used for monitoring general background radiation levels, while the second, capable of detecting either alpha, beta or gamma radiation, is mounted so that it monitors radiation emitted from particulates captured by an aerosol sampling filter included in the payload. More information can be found under the OPERATIONAL DETAILS tab on the right side of this page.

Flying UAV Laboratory Components

Figure 1: Biodetector hardware based on ultraviolet-stimulated biofluorescence

Figure 1: Biodetector hardware based on ultraviolet-stimulated biofluorescence.

Figure 2: 300 liter/minute aerosol sample collector components.

Figure 2: 300 liter/minute aerosol sample collector components.

Figure 3: Radiation detector subsystem shown in a previous application, mounted in a cylindrical enclosure to the underside of a miniature UAV helicopter.

Figure 3: Radiation detector subsystem shown in a previous application, mounted in a cylindrical enclosure to the underside of a miniature UAV helicopter.

Figure 4: Vibration stabilized camera mount and IR camera.

Figure 4: Vibration stabilized camera mount and IR camera.

Figure 5: Second-generation IMS gas detector module.

Figure 5: Second-generation IMS gas detector module.

Figure 6: UAV airframe views.

Figure 6: UAV airframe views.

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