Designing and Flight-Testing a Swarm of Small UAS to Assist Post-Nuclear Blast Forensics

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Center for Innovation and Engineering, Robotics Research Center, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Publication Date


Publication Title

2020 International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Systems

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Nuclear blasts leave plumes of residue and sources of radiation behind that can be used to determine their origin. To assist in locating the best areas to collect ground samples a team from West Point developed an autonomous Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) swarm system for expedited remote sensing. The system includes several distributed control algorithms to enable a team of quadrotor UAS to rapidly survey regions for radiation.

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