Scientists from the UK’s National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) have used drones to map Chernobyl’s Red Forest.
The robotic fixed wing aircrafts flew sensors over the forest, located 500m away from the nuclear site, to give local authorities more information on where the greatest contamination lies.
The drone-mapping system, developed by the NCNR, allows scientists to investigate hazardous places from a safe distance.
According to a report from the BBC, the fixed wing drones produce a first produce a general radiation map by flowing over the tree tops in a grid pattern at around 40mph.
Rotary wing drones are then deployed to take a closer look at places of interest and can hover and acquire high-resolution and 3D information.
The BBC’s report went on to detail how the survey, conducted in April, reaffirmed to Ukrainian authorities their picture of radiation distribution in the forest but in greater detail.
The drones also identified a few unexpected hotspots.