Remote Radiation Detection Payload for UAS

Teledyne FLIR Defense's MUVE R430 allows drones to detect, locate, measure, map, and identify radioactive sources from above By Mike Ball / 02 Nov 2022
Drone with radiation detection payload

Teledyne FLIR Defense has launched its new MUVE R430 drone sensor payload, used to remotely detect and identify radiation sources and radiological hazards across a wide range of use scenarios.

The MUVE R430 is an advanced radiation detector designed for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to detect, locate, measure, map, and identify radioactive sources from above. Using the same field-proven technology and algorithms as Teledyne FLIR’s identiFINDER series of radionuclide identification devices, the R430 enables users to quickly pinpoint and accurately identify sources of radioactivity from a distance.

The Teledyne FLIR SkyRanger R70 and R80D SkyRaider UAS serve as the initial deployment airframes for the new sensor payload. The R430 is integrated into the drone’s Mission Control Software and provides both visible and audible alerts of radioactivity. Using a familiar interface, R430 operators can easily create contamination maps, examine a dangerous source, and perform assessments in hard-to-reach places and environments, all while keeping at a safe distance. Ready to deploy in minutes, MUVE R430 balances size and weight, which makes it a versatile platform for diverse situations, including wide-area hazmat surveys, emergency response, and environmental monitoring.

The R430 marks the third offering in Teledyne FLIR’s MUVE series of remote sensor payloads. The company previously introduced the MUVE B330 drone payload that can be used to detect deadly biological agents and other airborne biohazards. It joined the MUVE C360 multi-gas detector, used to provide real-time continuous monitoring of chemical hazards, which can be deployed on both Teledyne FLIR as well as commercial UAS systems and robots.

Dr. David Cullin, vice president of technology and product management at Teledyne FLIR Defense, commented: “MUVE R430 brings the pedigree of our professionally trusted identiFINDER product line to the skies. Using a drone to remotely detect radiation means faster decision-making, safer conditions for civilian or military responders, and the likelihood of a better outcome for anyone in harm’s way. The R430 delivers full situational awareness that’s vital if and when a radiation event occurs – and could even prevent one.”

“As a company, we continue to invest strategically in our full line of intelligent sensing technologies – for handheld devices as well as manned and unmanned platforms – to offer customers a complete mission solution.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact