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Ground-based Radiation Detection – Landborne Robot Use Case

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Radiation detection is necessary when it comes to areas that work with radioactive materials and previous exposure sites such as Chernobyl. A major issue when detecting radiation in these areas is the possibility of being exposed leading to potential health issues.

 Landborne robots such as the Boston Dynamics Spot make radiation detection much safer, more efficient, and improves the data captured.

How does ground-based radiation detection work?

  1. Spot is programmed or controlled to venture to specific areas where radiation levels need to be measured.
  2. Once at the measurement area, Spot uses its sensors to detect if there is radiation, captures any secondary data, and records it.
  3. The data is stored locally and shared to a team in real-time for faster processing. The locally stored data is downloaded later and used for a second higher quality analysis.
  4. Spot is then sent back to its dock to recharge, download the data, and wait for the next detection mission.

Benefits of using landborne robots

  • Humans are removed from the equation, reducing the exposure to radiation and preventing possible health issues.
  • Radiation detection can be done in areas inaccessible to humans with Spot able to get into more areas.
  • Spot can detect radiation around the clock and work autonomously sharing data with the team when required.
  • Data quality is increased thanks to an array of sensors and high-quality payloads often not found in smaller handheld devices.

Image: Chornobyl NPP

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