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A new UAV for background radiation monitoring is developed for Russian meteorology and ecological monitoring corporation Rosgidromet

A new UAV for background radiation monitoring is developed for Russian meteorology and ecological monitoring corporation Rosgidromet

UAV Systems Group (unmanned.ru) has developed background radiation monitoring system for Russian meteorology and ecological monitoring corporation Rosgidromet. The base of the system is serially produced scintillational wide-range intellectual x-ray and gamma emission detection module and UAV Supercam S-350 by UAV Systems Group. Both devices were modified during development.

The new UAV Supercam S-350 is able to perform the following tasks for radiation monitoring:

  • investigate nuclear and radiation accidents areas on emergency, detect radioactive contamination sources and radioactive plume movement;
  • examine nuclear energy facilities for corresponding to the standards, leak detection;
  • monitor ground and air radioactive ecological pollution;
  • scientific research;
  • serve as an instrument for initial assessment of radiation situation when using as a part of mobile radiation monitoring labs;
  • perform other tasks requiring urgent detection of x-ray and gamma emission sources.

The UAV with Supercam dosimeter allows to monitor territory by following programmed route automatically or by remote control and transmit data via digital radio channel. The data is then used to create a map of background radiation, showing real-time situation at the investigated object. UAV is able to perform investigation within 56 miles (90 km) radius.

Among the advantages of UAV Supercam in solving radiation monitoring tasks are cost effectiveness, short system deployment time and ability to perform measurements in situations which are dangerous for human life.

Rosgidromet representative commented on UAV Systems Group work: Thanks to the new system we can now more quickly and effectively solve tasks, which affect directly on public safety. Its importance is difficult to overestimate. I'm glad we were able to develop such an outstanding modern instrument for radiation background monitoring. The project declared successful, implementation started.

Main characteristics:

  • Detector scintillational plastic with heavy metal additives, ø1.18 x 0.59 (ø3015 mm);
  • Measurement range of ambient equivalent x-ray and gamma emission dose rate 0,05 Sv/hr - 10 Sv/hr;
  • Measurement range of ambient equivalent x-ray and gamma emission dose 0,05 Sv - 10 Sv;
  • Energy range - 15 keV - 3 MeV;
  • Mesurement error less then 20%;
  • Energy dependence of sensivity within 15 to 60 keV range - 35%;
  • Energy dependence of sensivity within 60 keV to 3 MeV range - 20%;
  • Sensivity 137Cs 70 imps-1/ Sv hr-1;
  • Working temperature -22/+122 F (-30/+50 oC);
  • Dimensions - ø2.36x 7.87 (ø60200 mm);
  • Weight - 0,99 lb (0,45kg).

UAV Supercam S-350 characteristics:

  • Flight duration 4 h;
  • Velocity range 40 ÷ 75 mph (65 ÷ 120 km/h);
  • Radio channel distance 43.5 mi (70 km);
  • Maximum flying distance more than 224 mi (360 km);
  • UAV weight 9,92 lb (4,5 kg);
  • Wingspan 10,5 (3,2 m);
  • Operational height 164 ÷ 1 640 (50 ÷ 500 m);
  • Flight ceiling more than 11 811 (3600 m);
  • Deployment time 10 min;
  • Operating conditions:
  • - wind speed up to 15 m/s,

    - temperature range -22F to 86F (-30 to +30),

    - moderate rain or snow;

  • Launch with elastic catapult;
  • Landing with parachute in automatic or semiautomatic mode;
  • Takeoff and landing area 328 x 328 (100 100 m);
  • Flight mode - automatic or semiautomatic.

UAV Systems Group(unmanned.ru) designs and manufactures unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), performs UAV maintenance, offers unmanned surveillance services. Works with such major companies as TNK-BP, Rosneft, Gazprom, Lukoil, Rosatom, Rimera.



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