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dc.contributor.authorRoyo Chic, Pablo
dc.contributor.authorPastor Llorens, Enric
dc.contributor.authorMacias López, Miquel
dc.contributor.authorCuadrado, Raul
dc.contributor.authorBarrado Muxí, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorVargas Drechsler, Arturo
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Arquitectura de Computadors
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Institut de Tècniques Energètiques
dc.identifier.citationRoyo, P., Pastor, E., Macias, M., Cuadrado, R., Barrado, C., Vargas, A. An unmanned aircraft system to detect a radiological point source using RIMA software architecture. "Remote sensing", 30 Octubre 2018, vol. 10, núm. 11, p. 1-21.
dc.description.abstractUnmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), together with the miniaturisation of computers, sensors, and electronics, offer new remote sensing applications. However, there is a lack of hardware and software support to effectively develop the potential of UASs in different remote sensing applications, such as the detection of radioactive sources. This paper presents the design, development and validation of a UAS for the detection of an uncontrolled and point radioactive source. The article describes a flexible and reusable software architecture for detecting the radioactive source (NaTcO 4 , containing 99m Tc) with a gamma-ray Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) spectrometer as a proof of concept. The UAS is equipped with multichannel air-ground communications to perform missions beyond line of sight and onboard computation to process samples in real time and thus react to any anomaly detected during the mission. An ad hoc ground control station (GCS) has also been developed for the correct interpretation of the radioactive samples taken by the UAS. Radiological spectra plots, contour mapping and waterfall plots are some of the elements used in the ad hoc GCS. The article shows the results obtained in a flight campaign performing different flights at different altitudes and speeds over the radiological source, demonstrating the viability of the system.
dc.format.extent21 p.
dc.publisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Aeronàutica i espai
dc.subject.lcshDrone aircraft
dc.subject.otherUAS software architecture
dc.subject.otherradiological detection
dc.titleAn unmanned aircraft system to detect a radiological point source using RIMA software architecture
dc.subject.lemacAvions no tripulats
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. ICARUS - Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. DRM - Dosimetria i Radiofísica Mèdica
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (published version)
local.citation.authorRoyo, P.; Pastor, E.; Macias, M.; Cuadrado, R.; Barrado, C.; Vargas, A.
local.citation.publicationNameRemote sensing

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