November 1, 2022
The Teledyne FLIR Defense division of Teledyne has announced the launch of the MUVE R430 drone sensor payload, which can be used remotely to detect and identify radiation sources and radiological hazards across several scenarios.
The R430 is an advanced radiation detector purpose-designed for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help detect, locate, measure, map, and identify radioactive sources from above, Teledyne FLIR said. Using the same technology and algorithms as the company’s identiFINDER series of radionuclide identification devices, the R430 lets users quickly pinpoint and accurately identify sources of radioactivity from a distance.
The SkyRanger R70 and R80D SkyRaider drones will 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. With a familiar interface, R430 operators can create contamination maps, examine a dangerous source, and perform assessments in hard-to-reach places and environments from a safe distance, Teledyne FLIR said. The balance of size and weight makes it useful for several situations, including wide-area hazmat surveys, emergency response, and environmental monitoring.
“MUVE R430 brings the pedigree of our professionally trusted identiFINDER product line to the skies,” said David Cullin, vice president of technology and product management at Teledyne FLIR Defense. “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.”
The R430 is Teledyne FLIR’s third offering in its MUVE series of remote sensor payloads. In June, the company announced the B330 drone payload, which can be used to detect deadly biological agents and other airborne hazards. The other payload, the MUVE C360 multi-gas detector, provides real-time continuous monitoring of chemical hazards, which can be deployed on Teledyne FLIR as well as commercial UAS systems and robots.
For more details on the company’s technologies, visit the Teledyne FLIR website here.