The drones, developed in Israel’s Negev Nuclear Research Centre (known as the Dimona nuclear facility), are capable of tracking radiation levels at radioactive sites without endangering the lives of technicians.
This technology will initially be used for defensive purposes such as monitoring radioactivity and radioactive leaks, but it can also be used for covert offensive tasks including radiation tests of sites with suspected nuclear activity.
The micro-copter is capable of flying long distances without being detected with clear advantages for data collection, and its six propeller arms are able to hold up to 300 grams of equipment despite its small size.
According to the centre, the technology “allows scientists to distinguish between natural and man-made radiation. It also enables scientists to identify specific isotopes, both natural and man-made”.
Though the drones can currently only travel for up to 20 minutes at a top-speed of 34 miles per hour, researchers are developing further models with a greater range.