174. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (2016)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Airborne radiation mapping at the Geological Survey of Canada has embraced new technology with the recent acquisition of a rotary-winged Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), popularly known as a drone, combined with an innovative radiological sensor.

This custom-made sensor not only detects anomalous radioactivity, but can also determine the direction to the radiation source. The UAV is ideal for reaching localized targets, providing better spatial resolution than larger aircraft while allowing for faster coverage of an area than can be achieved on foot. 

This UAV and sensor package supports the Survey’s mandate to provide radiological mapping for nuclear emergency response and continues the Survey’s longstanding expertise in the design and use of airborne gamma ray spectrometers. It also is a valuable tool for geological mapping and mineral exploration.

Category: Equipment and Instrumentation

Decade: 2010s

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