BNC Scientific Unveils New Radiation Detecting UAV

By Mike Ball / 14 Jun 2017
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Phoenix Ace RAD UAV

BNC Scientific has announced the addition of a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) Radiation Detection solution to the company’s suite of HAZMAT / first-responder instrumentation. The WB Johnson Phoenix ACE RAD Airborne Radiation Detector complements the company’s family of nuclear detection technology and is available as part of an equipment bundle or as a single unit sale. The lightweight system is capable of detecting gamma and x-rays from a safe distance using a tablet and joystick controller. UAVs equipped with nuclear radiation detectors are a valuable tool in a complete radiation detection and incident mitigation program.

The Phoenix ACE RAD is typically used for aerial/plume mapping, site surveying, and for inspecting buildings and other structures, allowing users to reach difficult places and keep at a safe distance from gamma sources. The combination of a UAV and CsI radiation detector allows hazardous situations to be assessed and evaluated without putting first responders at risk.

“To complement our RIIDs, PRDs, and isotope identification backpacks, we are integrating the Phoenix ACE RAD,” commented Allan Gonzalez, Detection Systems Product Manager. “Radiation Detection UAVs have amazing potential to support hazmat agencies and provide critical information on plume direction, contamination levels, and potential risks.”

The Phoenix ACE RAD offers an hour of flight time and weighs less than 7 pounds. The large CsI detector ensures fast response to gamma radiation with a sensitivity specification of 1.93 cps / μR / hr. The high resolution camera offers the operator a clear viewing capability and the IP65 rating ensures the unit will operate in fog, light rain or dry, sandy conditions. Additional features are planned to include neutron detection, gamma spectroscopy capabilities and waypoint support.

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