World’s First Explosive Detection Drone Unveiled at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Event

SpectroDrone is the world’s first sensor system capable of detecting explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other chemical compounds from a safe, standoff distance.

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SpectroDrone is equipped with a laser based explosive detector, capable of detecting and identifying explosive materials, drugs and chemical compounds from a distance of few meters. Image: LDS

Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor.

Utilizing LDS’ laser-based explosive detection system, SpectroDrone detects explosives and other hazardous materials, in gas, liquid, powder or bulk form, at a distance of several meters from the threat. SpectroDrone can perform such missions over an operational radius of up to 3 Km. In addition to the detection of dangerous materials, SpectroDrone can remotely analyze different materials in real time, fulfilling essential role in mining and other industrial operations.

Until now, detection techniques required the user to bring the sensor within few millimeters of the inspected material. SpectroDrone employs LDS’s patented standoff gated laser spectroscopy techniques, using several laser wavelengths illumination, mainly via ultraviolet (UV) laser. This approach offers advantages in the detection of explosives, not available by any other means. The new development has proved to detect a wide range of materials at distances of several meters. The payload payload operates automatically, by aiming and activating the sensor via remote control. Scan results are displayed within few seconds on the operator control unit or at the control center, thus increasing user safety and providing higher efficiency when scanning large areas with remotely operated or autonomous systems.

LDS is unveiling the SpectroDrone this week at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv. At the exhibition, SpectroDrone is displayed integrated on the Airobotics Optimus drone – a high capacity multi-mission multi-rotor drone. In this new configuration SpectroDrone automatically detects and analyzes explosives materials and IEDs, hazardous compounds, and narcotics from a distance, in addition to its surveillance role, thus enhancing situational understanding and real-time response to emergency situations. The SpectroDrone payload can also be mounted on ground robots and in fixed operation such as LDS’ SPHERE vehicle inspection systems.

SpectroDrone implements LDS’ patented, laser-based detection technology. The payload comprises multiple electro-optical assemblies comprising a laser source emitting several wavelengths, laser range finder and high-resolution camera – all integrated with state of the art spectrometers which that operates LDS’s software package and proprietary algorithms.

This algorithm enables to achieve the sensitivity required for remote operation, increasing the probability of accurate detection while reducing false negative and false positive detection rates, bringing detection performance level to that of laboratory equipment.

“We are very excited to unveil this innovative solution for security and anti-terror applications at Israel’s HLS & Cyber, “said Eli Venezia, LDS founder, and President, “We are also encouraged by the great promise our technology offers for commercial applications.”

“When running security, emergency or surveillance missions in an industrial environment, the ability to dynamically and swiftly replace payloads, as well as introduce new innovative ones, is a real step forward,” says Ran Krauss, CEO, and Co-Founder of Airobotics. “The next generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market.”