A new application for the surveillance aspect of Drones in the defense field has been developed, which focuses on the detection and neutralization of chemical and biological agents.
While the use of drones for surveillance purposes has always been one of the most used aspect of this technology, this is one of the few times when it has been used for active surveillance instead of passive monitoring.
A previous example of this type of utilization of drone technology has been the use of drones to Hunt Mines. But since biological agents hold a far bigger impact as compared to mines, this new application seems more important.
In order to execute this application, a team of researchers from the US Army’s Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC) developed special drones that are able to detect chemical and biological agents.
In order to do so, they used certain very special sensors, such as the Joint Chemical Agent Detector and the Tactical Biological Generation II Detector (TACBIO), which are built specifically for this application.
These sensors are then attached to the drone itself, which features printed circuit boards that collect, send and receive data to/from multiple sources withing a range of upto 2 miles.
To test the effectiveness of this system, it was put through the S/K Challenge, which is an annual event held by the US Army to test the latest chemical and biological detection technologies.
The drone was entered into the competition under the name, Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System (MDARS), where it was able to complete the parameters of the test with impressive results.
While we have no actual way of verifying the results of said tests, we can trust that if the army is placing so much time and effort into it, it might as well be the future of drone security.