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Technology Factsheet

ARM Project

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Airborne System
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The Autonomous Radiation Monitoring (ARM) system is a low altitude aerial radiation detection device. Integrating lightweight galla spectrometers with an unmanned aerial vehicle it allows the operator to accurately asses a radiological hazard at a remote safe distance, providing real-time information on the source isotopes, intensity and location of the radiation.

This uses the same platform as Project Riser (hexacopter) but is for outdoor use. Here they're looking at flying low and slow and with great accuracy to produce highly accurate maps of radiation levels (you can't get accuracy with current high level and fast drones).

Site:Fukushima
Industry:Nuclear
Size:Small (1-5kg/2lb-20lb, 10-30cm/4in-12in length )
TRL:Development (4-6)
TRL2:Development (4-6)
Tether: *
Waterproof: *
Payload: *
Reach: *
Manipulator: *

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It was recently tested at a uranium mine in Romania. Handheld characterisation was used to validate the onboard characterisation with excellent results. The UAV was programmed on a grid pattern to investigate the area in a structured manner. Note: it is possible to use alternative delivery platforms for the detector such as submersibles, indoor blimps and pipe crawlers.

This project is slightly different from Project Riser - this one is outdoors and is 2D mapping.

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