Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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46 August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside AIR HAZARD TRACKING detect radiation O ver the last few years, drones have become a popular tool for a variety of applications at nuclear facilities, including both indoor and outdoor inspections and mapping. The industry is starting to trust unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to improve safety for their workers, save time and cut costs—and that includes using the tec hnology to detect radia- tion levels after incidents and during routine monitoring. Drone companies like Charlotte UAV and FlyCam UAV have partnered with radiation instrument manufacturers to develop robust systems capable of carry- ing the necessary payloads. Some facilities are already using this type of technol- ogy for radiation detection (FlyCam has offered its DroneRad solution for about three years) while many others like Southern Nuclear, which is part of Southern Company, are just starting to look into its benefits. "The idea is we're going to eliminate the need to put lives at risk by using an aerial robot," Southern Company UAS Standardization Pilot Corey Hitchcock said, noting Southern Nuclear has used UAS for a variety of applications since 2015 including containment inspection and mapping. "We're looking to use multiple aircraft to determine the extent of the plume or the boundaries of the release." Photos courtesy of FlyCam UAV. Equipped with the right sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can help determine radiation levels after incidents in nuclear facilities as well as during routine monitoring. by Renee Knight The Neo octocopter from FlyCam UAV. This prototype drone was built by the University of Nevada to navigate nuclear waste storage tunnels. drones "USING U S TO DETECT RADIATION IN A POST-ACCIDENT SCENARIO WOULD BE EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL. THE SYSTEMS WOULD ALLOW US TO MAP THE RADIATION LEVELS WITHIN AN AREA SO WE KNOW WHERE WE CAN SAFELY SEND PERSONNEL AND WHERE WE CAN'T." Sam Johnson, EPRI

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