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Application of the Raven UAV for chemical and biological detection
Author(s): Ryan Altenbaugh; Jeff Barton; Christopher Chiu; Ken Fidler; Dan Hiatt; Chad Hawthorne; Steven Marshall; Joe Mohos; Vince McHugh; Bill Nicoloff
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the plume tracking algorithms developed for a series of outdoor chemical-stimulant testing conducted at Dugway Proving Ground in 2008 and 2009 employing a Raven UAV equipped with a real-time chemical sensor. The flights were conducted as part of the a program under the sponsorship of the Army JPM NBC Contamination Avoidance and in conjunction with the Army PM-Unmanned Aircraft Systems, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. This test demonstrated the Raven's ability to autonomously detect and track a chemical plume during a variety of atmospheric conditions. During the testing, the Raven conducted over a dozen flights, tracking outdoor releases of simulated chemical weapons over significant distances. The Raven was cued to the releases with standoff detection systems through Cursor on Target messages. Upon reaching the plume, the Raven used on-board sensors and on-board meteorological data to track the plume autonomously and determine the extent of the plume. Results were provided in real-time to the UAV operator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7665, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XI, 766505 (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850334
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Ryan Altenbaugh, U.S. Army (United States)
Jeff Barton, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Christopher Chiu, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Ken Fidler, U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems (United States)
Dan Hiatt, U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems (United States)
Chad Hawthorne, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Steven Marshall, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Joe Mohos, AeroVironment, Inc. (United States)
Vince McHugh, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. (United States)
Bill Nicoloff, AeroVironment, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7665:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XI
Augustus Way Fountain; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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