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Mapping Chernobyl’s Red Forest with Drones #drone #droneday

Great read from the BBC about Chernobyl mapping techniques, future plans for the area, and hopes for protocol refinement:

Fixed-wing craft are first used to make a general radiation map by flying at about 40mph (65km/h) just above the treetops, in a grid pattern.

Places of interest are then followed up with rotary-wing drones.

These can hover and use their sensors to acquire high-resolution, 3D information.

The survey conducted in April essentially confirmed the current understanding of the radiation distribution in the forest, but in far greater detail than has previously been available.

The drones also identified a few unexpected hotspots.

Read more from the BBC and the University of Bristol, learn about UK’s National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) , and see more on YouTube


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