FlyCam UAV, a Southern California unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company, recently partnered with radiation-detection company US Nuclear Corp. to combine the Cypher 6, a commercial-grade hexacopter, and the NEO, an all-weather, co-axial ocotocopter with the DroneRad aerial radiation-detection system.
US Nuclear Corp’s radiation-detection system detects particles that contain alpha, beta, gamma and neutron radiation. A gas-collection option tests for the presence of chlorine, biological particulates and aerosols such as anthrax and poison gases.
According to FlyCam, the UAVs can be used to detect radiation leaks in nuclear power plants or can be flown into plumes of smoke from a burning building to give first responders immediate data about what kinds of hazards might be present. They can also be used to monitor public events, seaports or geographic areas to detect possible dirty radiological bombs or the use of chemical and biological agents, FlyCam says.
The DroneRad with the Cypher 6 and NEO UAV configurations acquires and relays data to the operator in real time. The data can then be tagged with GPS coordinates and stored on board for post-flight download and viewing, or it can transmit data to a base station for live monitoring.
FlyCam says the data consists of a series of measurements of radioactive intensity tagged with GPS data for color-coded display on a map. The data can be displayed as a full gamma spectrum, allowing the identification of radioactive isotopes.
“Sensors mounted on UAVs is the perfect marriage of two technologies that will be a game-changer for a variety of different industries,” says Jeri Donaldson, CEO and owner of FlyCam UAV. “In addition, the need for security is at an all-time high, and our technology can remove the human element from a potentially dangerous situation.”
The Cypher 6, NEO and DroneRad are available now through FlyCam UAV.