Flying UAV Laboratory

Wide-area monitoring, when and where it's needed.

UAV Flying Laboratory

The "Flying Laboratory" is a pioneering UAV-based product with full CBRN monitoring capabilities, installed in a Penguin B high-performance unmanned platform. This complete, off-the-shelf system includes a second-generation ion mobility spectrometer (IMS), a UV particle fluorometer, a gamma spectometer, and two Geiger counters. Options for video and IR also available.

The Flying Laboratory can detect up to 20 airborne chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial gases, unusually high biological aerosol levels, nuclear materials, and abnormal radiation levels.

Why airborne? Just one sensor-equipped UAV can perform the same level of surveillance as 12 to 24 fixed location sensors, and with greatly increased flexibility.

Operational Details

  • Features
  • Applications
  • Specifications


Product Features

  • Second generation IMS toxic gas detection
  • Identify nuclear materials
  • Biological or radiological sampling
  • Video monitoring
  • UAV can be controlled manually or programmed for fully autonomous operation
  • Flight time of up to 15 hours



  • Military
  • National security
  • Environmental
  • Radiological monitoring



Bio-Aerosol Detector
Operating Principle: Aerosol particle counter with UV biofluorescence signature detection.
Excitation wavelength: 360 um.
Particle Size Range: Respirable particle range.
Threat Identification: Aerosolized bacteria, spores, viruses and toxins.
Detection Limit: 100 to 300 ACPLA, depending on threat.
Data Output Rate: 2 second and 1 minute update rates. 30 minute historical data profile used as a moving baseline for alarm protocols.
Sampling Rate: 1 liter per minute nominal.
Alarms: Electronic digital alarm; software adjustable alarm criteria.
Continuous Operating Time: Essentially unlimited if power is maintained.
Operating Temperature Range: -30 to 60 ° C
Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing.
Consumables: None.
Aerosol Sample Collector
Operating Principle: Electet dry filter media with high-efficiency centrifugal fan.
Air Collection Rate: User adjustable 50 LPM to 300 LPM typical.
Collection Efficiency: With bioaerosol filter: 0.5 µm dia; 50% | 1.0 µm dia: 75% | >2.0 µm dia: 90%.
With radioactive aerosol filter: >99% for all particles greater than 0.3 microns.
Operating Temperature Range: -40 to 70° C.
Filter Media Physical Size: 4.4 cm diameter active filter in 6.0 cm diameter holder.
System Controls: Microprocessor controlled. Operating characteristics addressable over RS-232 serial data link.
Radiation Detector
Operating principle: Scintillation-type spectrometer and 2 Geiger tubes. One Geiger tube is for gamma monitoring of surroundings, second for detection of alpha, beta and gamma radiations emitted by aerosols captured on the electret sampling filters.
Scintillation Material: Sodium iodide crystal scintillator.
Energy Range: 0.05 to 3.0 MeV.
Spectral Channels: 238.
Update Rate: One measurement set per second.
Data Handling: On-board storage plus limited data in real-time.
Continuous Operating Time: Essentially unlimited if powered externally.
Operating Temperature Range: -30 to 60° C.
Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing.
Thermal Camera/Gimbal Mount
Display Formats, Analog Output: PAL, NTSC; switchable.
Pixel Pitch: 25 um.
Resolution: 324 x 256.
Spectral Band: 8 - 14 um.
Exportable Frame Size: 7.5/8.3 Hz.
Sensitivity (NETD): 0.05 Kelvin.
Size: 45 x 45 x 30 mm.
Lens Specification: 35 mm f/1.2 lens. Horizontal field of view; 13 degrees. Vertical field of view: 10 degrees.
Detection Limits: 1.8mx0.5m man shape at 800m; 4mx1.5m vehicle shape at 2250m.
Operating Temperature Range: -40 to 80° C.
Gimbal System
Stabilization Method: 2-axis gyro stabilized fully integrated direct drive gimbal.
Stabilization: Better than 250 urad.
Operating Temperature Range: -40 to 50° C.
Gas Detector
Operating principle: Second generation Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS).
Ionization Method: Corona discharge - nonradioactive.
Nerve Agents Detected: GA, GB, GD, GF, VX, HD, L, phosgene, nitrogen mustard, hydrogen cyanide.
Toxic Industrial Chemicals: 10 toxic industrial gases simultaneously detected with nerve agents above.
Air Sampling Rate: 400 ml/min. sensor flow.
Sensitivity: Typically 1% of IDLH for GA, GB, GD and GF nerve agents. PPB or PPM typical sensitivity levels for various toxic industrial vapoer and gases.
Time to Detect: 4 seconds worst case to detect a foreign trace gas. Detailed scans can then be run and the data stored for lated depot-level analysis at the flight center after the UAV returns.
Continuous Operating Time: Essentially unlimited if powered externally.
Operating Temperature Range: -30 to 60° C.
Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing.
Consumables: Two gas scrubber cartridges need to be replaced after every 125 hours of continuous operation.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Maximum Payload: 10.0 kg.
Payload Volume: 20 Liters.
Range: Typical: 250 km with 3.5 liter fuel tank; 500 km with 7.5 liter fuel tank.
Ceiling : 5000 m.
Flight Time: Up to 18 hours with 7.5 liter fuel tank.
Stall Speed: 47 km/hr.
Maximum Speed: 130 km/hr.
Cruise Speed: 79 km/hr.
Wing Span: 3.3 m.
Overall Length: 2.27 m.
Sound Level: <60 dB @ 30 m.
Nondetectability Range: 700 m.
Takeoff and Landing: Catapult or runway.
Avionics: Piccolo TASE2000 autopilot with auto-landing capability; -40 to 80° C.
Platform Weight: 10.0 kg.

CBRN International reserves the right to change specifications without prior notice.