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From Canaries to Drones: the mdTector1000 CH4 is the Evolution of Methane Detection


Early coal miners carried with them into tunnels caged canaries that would shake in the presence of noxious gases, alerting of danger and giving rise to the popular idiom, a canary in a coal mine. Methods for detecting gaseous hazards, specifically methane, a readily flammable, odorless, colorless, and tasteless asphyxiant has transformed drastically over the years. Now, the technology takes a giant leap forward with the mdTector1000 CH4 from Microdrones—an aerial methane inspection package that employs an unmanned drone and a Pergam gas sensor to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective methane detection.

Watch a short demo video of the mdTector1000 CH4

"Microdrones is excited to launch the mdTector line of inspection products with the mdTector1000 CH4,” says Vivien Heriard Dubreuil, President, Microdrones. “This is a logical next step to build on our mdMapper family of packages and offers a glimpse into how we are serving the construction, engineering, inspection, and GIS markets.”

The mdTector1000 CH4 fearlessly navigates into areas where humans should not or cannot go—including riverbeds, steep cliffs, and rough terrains. The drone is constructed from tough carbon fiber, giving it superior stability and sturdiness, while offering resistance to wind, inclement weather conditions, dust, and dampness. The immensely versatile mdTector1000 CH4 is designed to survey natural gas lines, inspect tanks, test gas wells, monitor landfill emissions, and ensure plant safety. It is the ideal solution for detecting methane safely and conveniently from above, while a stabilized NADIR mounted camera allows operators to remotely view all the inspection activity and measurements in real-time.

Microdones engineered the mdTector1000 CH4 as a lightweight vehicle that can be easily deployed in almost any scenario. The aircraft has a flight range of 500m via remote control, and features a waypoint radius up to 20km. It is equipped with a robust Pergram sensor that boasts detection limits of 1 – 50,000 ppm × m, and a detection speed of 0.1 seconds. The advanced, field-tested mdTector1000 CH4 is a low-cost yet superior innovation for gas detection while removing the dangers to human safety associated with traditional methods.

"Methane gas detection is a practical and natural application for commercial drones,” says Mike Hogan, Sales Director, Americas, Microdrones. “The gas and infrastructure market has been eagerly anticipating a solution like this, and I'm glad that Microdrones is filling that need with a proven package."

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