Application of UAVs at the Savannah River Site

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Small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with sensors for physical, chemical, and radiochemical measurements of remote environments have been tested at the Savannah River Site (SRS). A miniature helicopter was used as an aerial platform for testing a variety of sensors with outputs integrated with the flight control system for real-time data acquisition and evaluation. The sensors included a precision magnetometer, two broad band infra-red radiometers, a 1-inch by 1-inch Nal(TI) scintillation detector, and an on-board color video camera. Included in the avionics package was an ultrasonic altimeter, a precision barometer, and a portable Global Positioning System. Two separate demonstration ... continued below

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Hofstetter, K.J. & Pendergast, M.M. August 1, 1996.

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Small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with sensors for physical, chemical, and radiochemical measurements of remote environments have been tested at the Savannah River Site (SRS). A miniature helicopter was used as an aerial platform for testing a variety of sensors with outputs integrated with the flight control system for real-time data acquisition and evaluation. The sensors included a precision magnetometer, two broad band infra-red radiometers, a 1-inch by 1-inch Nal(TI) scintillation detector, and an on-board color video camera. Included in the avionics package was an ultrasonic altimeter, a precision barometer, and a portable Global Positioning System. Two separate demonstration locations at SRS were flown that had been previously characterized by careful sampling and analyses and by aerial surveys at high altitudes. The Steed Pond demonstration site contains elevated levels of uranium in the soil and pond silt due to runoff from one of the site`s uranium fuel and target production areas. The soil at the other site is contaminated with oil bearing materials and contains some buried objects. The results and limitations of the UAV surveys are presented and improvements for future measurements are discussed.

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  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Orlando, FL (United States), 15-19 Jul 1996

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  • Other: DE96060084
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--96-0319
  • Report No.: CONF-9607137--1
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 268933
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc673360

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Hofstetter, K.J. & Pendergast, M.M. Application of UAVs at the Savannah River Site, article, August 1, 1996; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc673360/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.