The low weight, small size and low power requirements of the isotope detectors (eg D3S) makes them perfect for usage on autonomous vehicles such as drones.
The detectors have been used in recent years to measure radioactivity in the contaminated areas Fukushima (JPN) and Chernobyl (UKR) and also in old lead mines in Cornwall (UK) and the nuclear power plant in Sellafield (UK).
Radiation mapping drone applications
- rapid emergency response monitoring of radiation events
- routine monitoring of nuclear installations
- monitoring radiation in the oil & gas industry
- environmental monitoring for radiation hazards
- releasing areas for hazards above threshold value
- exploring for Rare Earth Elements
- defence and Homeland security operations
Video: explanation of drone operation with Kromek detectors
Autonomous airborne radiation monitoring system
n combination with photogrammetry or LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging or Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging) and radiometric measurements, a digital elevation model (DEM) can be used with a radiation dose chart as an overlay. Autonomous flights are easy to repeat by using the UAV mission plan each time.