Drone inspection for gas detection

Gas sensors for the detection and monitoring of harmful substances within the environment such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane are essential elements of environmental risk assessment.

Used in a wide range of industries, processes and applications they touch our every day lives monitoring toxins found in landfill and agriculture right down to modified atmosphere packaging. But what do you do when faced with monitoring gas levels in areas where no man should go? This is the issue which presented itself to Edinburgh Sensors‘ clients, NTCR Consulting.

NTCR are NASA contractors who specialise in the field of harsh environment technology. Tasked with helping a customer conduct volcanic research they had to find a solution to help them navigate and conduct their research in an area which was difficult to access and inhospitable. A gas sensing drone was the answer. As an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this provided a versatile solution to access this hazardous and potentially contaminated terrain.

With an emphasis on CO2, H2S and SO2 a gas sensing drone was developed with enhancements including sensor options for CH4 and O3. The device included one of Edinburgh Sensors’ own high sensitivity laser diodes with the additional option of up to four electro-chemical sensors. The sensors can be customised to a variety of specifications for species and sensitivity ranges.

Volcanic Drone Inspection, Italy

You can watch the UAV drone inspection test of the NTX minigaps Instrument Solfatara and Vulcano Deployment conducted in Italy below.

Solutions for Gas Sensing

Edinburgh Sensors have a range of gas sensors to suit a variety of gases. Manufactured to the highest specification, they can be integrated into a wide range of systems for fast and reliable measurements of CO, CO2 and CH4. The company is able to provide bespoke solutions to meet research and technical requirements suitable to a wider range of gases.

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