A group of U.S. Navy researchers designed a new drone accessory for including a chemical, organic, or radiological sensor to a Boeing mounted-wing drone or a DJI octocopter. The invention is known as SCAPEGOAT (Senses CBR Agents Pre-Engagement and Goes Over All Terrain), and it earned the Navy U.S. Patent 10,556,707 on Feb. 11, 2020.
Led by Joshua Taylor, the workforce — a part of the Navy’s Sly Fox fast prototyping program meant to add the science and engineering workforce — developed SCAPEGOAT as a price-environment friendly, modular different to present CBR detection units.
The system contains a typical housing interface to which both a chemical, organic or radiological mission module may be put in. SCAPEGOAT was developed to connect to Boeing InSitu’s ScanEagle or DJI’s S1000 UAV; however, the system is “platform agnostic,” meaning it may be utilized to totally different manufacturers or fashions of UAV.
Sooner or later, the know-how is also used on the unmanned ground, unmanned surface techniques, and on the exteriors of manned automobiles. Maybe most significantly, the chemical and radiological detection applied sciences are appropriate with at the moment fielded navy sensors.
The organic assortment unit is a customized Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division-designed module appropriate with presently fielded filters that use a 12-volt fan to drag air via the system.
Along with the state-of-the-artwork handheld Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD M4A1) and a handheld AN/UDR-14 radiation detector, SCAPEGOAT options modules for communications, GPS, digital camera, and energy, whereas not overloading the UAVs. The fantastic thing about the system is that it may be simply modified to incorporate further sensors, Cogley added.