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mdTector1000CH4, is a fully integrated aerial methane inspection package. It’s purpose-built for professionals who are responsible for inspecting methane gas infrastructure.

See and detect.
mdTector1000CH4 consists of a Pergam gas sensor, mounted and integrated perfectly with a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV. It has an onboard HD video link. That means that you can see in real time what you are detecting with the laser sensor.

It goes where people shouldn’t.
Whether your gas infrastructure is in a hard to reach riverbed or near a steep cliff… the tough, carbon-fiber built drone will easily navigate terrain that would be difficult, dirty or dangerous by traditional foot crews. Microdrones is known for its field-proven aircraft platform. It’s sturdy, stable, resistant to wind and weather, as well as dust and dampness.

A drone package for people who get stuff done.
The mdTector1000CH4 is versatile and can be used for:

  • Natural Gas Line Surveys
  • Tank Inspections
  • Gas Well Testing
  • Landfill Emission Monitoring
  • Plant Safety


  • Low cost compared to the expense and risk of traditional gas detection methods 
  • Broad range of detection, from 1 – 50,000 ppm × m 
  • Lightweight and easy to transport 
  • Easy to deploy and operate 


The mdCockpit Android App provides a live data view of potential gas leaks in real time during flight. 

  • Methane Column Density in ppm × m 
  • Sensor Status 
  • Plot the LMm readings 

The mdTector Android App allows you to graphically visualize and present all exported post-flight data on one convenient map. 

  • Data includes LMM reading and GNSS position 
  • Import TFD from md4-1000 
  • Quickly export data to .csv for exploitation in GIS software 
  • Data is displayed by color 
  • Toggle between Google Imagery and Google Maps 
mdTectorCH4 Methane detection visualization on a tablet

Why Choose mdTector1000CH4?

mdTector1000CH4 is carefully integrated with a laser methane gas detection sensor and a visual camera so that the operator sees what the sensor is detecting.

Real Time And Post Flight Results

View methane presence in real time during flight and create maps plotting methane levels detected, post flight.

Deploy A Drone Where It’s Dirty, Dull Or Dangerous

mdTector1000CH4 is purpose built to withstand wind, rain, cold, heat, dust and dirt… and it easily flys above complex terrain, where foot-based teams are at risk of injury.

Easy To Transport And Deploy

Carbon fiber construction combines strength with light weight. It’s easy to get to the field and to get jobs done efficiently.


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What Can You Do with it?

Practical applications include, but are not limited to: natural gas line surveys, compressor stations, tank inspections, gas well testing, landfill emission monitoring, and plant safety. 

Inspection mission of a gas pipeline using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Architect inspecting a construction site with the help of a Microdrones UAV
Surveyors in the field performing a mapping mission using a md4-1000 UAV
Emissions and Safety




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Robust, powerful, stable and dependable. Build your business on this versatile platform.

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Charger & Flight Battery

One md4-1000 flight battery and charger for maximum flight endurance.

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Rugged Carrying Case

Bring your Microdrones UAV to tackle missions in the toughest corners of the Earth.

LED Light Rings

Efficient LED light rings provide enhanced visibility in the sky, with configurable color schemes for compliance with your country’s requirements.

Integrated Cooling Covers

Patent Pending motor covers enhance cooling and motor longevity.

Mag-less Navigation

Drone navigation is more robust and less subject to magnetic field interference with no need for magnetometer during flight.


Encrypted Digital Data Link

Conveniently command and control your survey equipment using your tablet.

Encryption provides additional security for project and plan data.

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Proven, professional controls and telemetry keep you in control when you need it most, using a second radio link.

Extended Communication Range Operation

Subject to local regulations, select markets include United States and China.

Multiple Tablet Control

(Optional, available upon request) Control the drone from multiple tablets. Take off from Point A with Tablet 1, control at Point B with Tablet 2, etc. Helpful for corridor and BVLOS applications.

Remote ID Enabled

Broadcast device enabled to comply with unmanned traffic management systems and remote ID requirements.


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Integrated Methane Gas Sensor & FPV Camera with Video Link

Pergram Laser Methane Falcon
sensor for Methane (CH4) and
methane-containing gases,
1 – 50,000 ppm x m.


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mdTector Viewer App

Visualize methane detection levels, post flight on a map, via an intuitive, easy to use Microdrones Android app.

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mdCockpit Tablet Software

Simple swipes of the finger help you plan your survey area, monitor progress, and control your flight on your Android tablet.

Tap & Fly

Easy remote-free tablet flight execution.



Microdrones is committed to constant, customer focused improvement. As such we are developing cutting edge, integrated technology that evolves rapidly.

For those of you with an older system, we are always eager to help you upgrade your previous Microdrones system to the latest standards so you can take advantage of new features and functionality.

Simply click this button to schedule a meeting with a member of our sales team, and they will assist you in collecting your current system information so they can prepare a price estimate to upgrade.

mdTECTOR1000CH4 technical specs:





Sensor: Pergam Laser Methane Falcon


  • mdCockpit
  • mdTector Viewer App

Takeoff Weight (TOW):

5520 g

System Operation Temperature:

-10 °C up to 50 °C

Target Gas Methane (CH4) and methane-containing gases (natural gas and similar)
Detection Limits 1 – 50,000 ppm × m
Detection Speed 0.1 seconds (1)
Detection Distance 1.5 ft. (0.5 m) – 328 ft. (100 m) (2)
Laser Safety Class Guide light (green laser light): Class 3R, Measurement light (infrared laser light): Class 1
Dimensions 120 (W) × 120 (D) × 140 (H) mm
Features Live view telemetry, Live view video feedback

(1) The mdTector1000CH4 solution averages 10 data in order to record 1 value each second. 
(2) Please take note that the lower distance values might represent safety issues for the UAV in terms of altitude above ground level.