Laser Detect System launches world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor

16 November 2016 (Last Updated November 16th, 2016 18:30)

Laser Detect System (LDS) has launched the world's first drone-based explosive detection sensor, SpectroDrone, at the HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Laser Detect System (LDS) has launched the world's first drone-based explosive detection sensor, SpectroDrone, at the HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Launched after extensive testing, SpectroDrone is capable of detecting explosives, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and chemical compounds.

The new sensor employs LDS’s laser-based explosive detection system, which can identify explosives and other hazardous materials from several metres away.

"The next-generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market."

SpectroDrone was displayed on the high-capacity, multi-mission Airobotics Optimus drone at the exhibition.

Airbotics CEO and co-founder Ran Krauss said: “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.

“The next-generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market.”

SpectroDrone detects dangerous materials over an operational radius of up to 3km, and remotely analyses materials in real time.

The SpectroDrone payload can also be mounted on ground robots, such as LDS’ SPHERE vehicle inspection systems, the company said in a statement.