UAV-Based Aerosol Collectors and Detectors

Eleron 10 UAV

Research International, Inc. is partnering with the Russian company ENICS to offer the world community unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with integrated CBRN capability. These systems offer the user new levels of capability and flexibility. Most CBRN detection devices are point sensors — that is, they provide target detection and identification at one location. This can be mitigated to an extent by mounting the sensor to a person or vehicle, but in either case travel is limited to the area accessible by foot, vehicle, or boat. Typically the only solution for wide area monitoring is to deploy a sensor array, locating them at what are hoped to be optimal points as determined by average seasonal or yearly weather conditions and local topography.

In contrast, sensors on a UAV platform can perform monitoring and surveillance tasks virtually independent of ground conditions; search patterns can be varied in response to immediate weather conditions; and sensors can be deployed to other venues with little advance notice. One sensor-equipped UAV can perform the same level of surveillance as 12 to 24 fixed location sensors and with greatly increased flexibility. Possible application areas include:

  • Agriculture
  • Public health
  • Oil industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Homeland security
  • First responders
  • Police
  • Military
  • Public event security

Users typically require a customized solution that reflects their needs and local government regulations that impact on the use of UAVs. To determine basic feasibility, potential users are urged to first examine the information provided here on detectors and UAV platforms in terms of volume and weight compatibility, flight duration, and surveillance distance.

Table 1 is a listing of detector payload volumes and weights. Table 2 lists available airframes and their capabilities (clicking on link opens page showing what the UAV looks like). If you find a promising match in terms of detection and airframe capabilities, please contact us by email at to develop your concept further.

Sampling and Detection Options (Table 1)
UAV Specifications and System Details (Table 2)
Vehicle Flight Duration Speed Payload Volume Payload Weight
Eleron-3 1 hour 60-120 km/h 300 cc 0.6 kg
Eleron-3CB 2 hours 70-130 km/h 300 cc 1.2 kg
Eleron-10D Up to 6 hours 140-180 km/h 2,500 cc 3 kg
Eleron-10 2 hours 75-135 km/h 3,500 cc 4.5 kg
Eleron-10CB 2.5 hours 75-135 km/h 2,500 cc 4.5 kg
E95 30 minutes 200-300 km/h 4,500 cc 15 kg
"Berta" Ground Launch System Up to 8 hours 200-300 km/h 30 liters 25 kg
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