UAV radiation mapping drone and AARM system

Complete UAV radiation mapping drone system

The Kromek UAV radiation mapping drone offers an accurate, affordable and versatile low-altitude aerial radiation detection vehicle which is an out of the box solution for anyone that needs to examine an area or patrol a location for radiation levels or contamination. The system gives you real-time location, measurement and mapping of radioactivity with isotope identification.

A note on drone model

Drone manufacturers often update their drone models.
Our drone experts will pick the optimal drone for your needs at the time of purchase which may differ from the drones shown on our website.

UAV radiation and mapping drone: what do you get

1. Aerial unmanned drone

A Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) with an all up weight less than 7.0 kg. This low total mass, coupled with the in-built redundancy of the aerial system represents a low risk of structural damage to buildings and the environment during its operation. This is in line with UK CAA guidelines.
The drone has a number of supporting sensor: positioning fixing (Latitude and Longitude) by multi GNSS (GPS and Glonass), number of satellites and height above mean sea level (AMSL); temperature, humidity and pressure; embedded real-time clock providing time/date fix (GSM and GNSS available as back up); laser ranging to determine height above the surface being monitored to ~1mm over 100m.

Drone manufacturers update their products regularly which means we also update the model of UAV we use regularly.

2. Radiation detector unit and payload bay

Sensors and micro-controller including battery all enclosed within one container mounted on a universal gimbal. Multiple gamma spectrometers can be connected to one unit and work simultaneously. The unit is designed for:

  • Kromek GR1 10 x 10 x 10 mm CZT based detector. Energy resolution @ 662 keV (21°C operation) <2.5% FWHM. Energy Range 30 keV – 3.0 MeV
  • Kromek SIGMA 50 25.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 mm CsI(Tl) scintillation radiation detector. Energy resolution @ 662 keV (21°C operation) <7.2% FWHM. Energy Range 50 keV – 1.5 MeV

3. Gamma spectroscopy and mapping software

10Hz snapshot rate of units data providing high resolution at speed, count per second (CPS) and spectral data transmitted simultaneously every 1 second.
Data in mapping application includes CPS over time; energy spectrum; CPS and location; dose estimation; isotope characterisation.

4. Flight training and set-up

The UAV training course covers learning to fly, mission planning, use of software and other operational concepts.

Autonomous Airborne Radiation Monitoring system (AARM)

Real-time location, measurement and mapping of radioactivity with isotope identification. Radiation technology specialists Kromek and ImiTec have joined forces to offer the Autonomous Airborne Radiation Monitoring system (AARM) which provides lowaltitude mapping of radioactive contamination. AARM delivers metre resolution maps of radiation including over high dose areas and inaccessible locations whilst minimising the risk of operator exposure.

AARM locates measures and maps radioactivity and the isotopes present in real-time significantly speeding and improving the efficiency of radiation detection and decision making. AARM is comprised of ImiTec’s Remote Isotopic Analysis SystemTM (RIASTM) mounted on a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS). RIAS payload contains a lightweightKromek gamma spectrometer and positioning devices utilising custom-built software to combine radiation intensity and geolocation data to produce high-resolution mapping of radiation levels and identification of isotopes present.

AARM Drone unit

Find out more about the AARM system and UAV drone

Download the AARM system brochure

A PDF with the complete specifications for the AARM system

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