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flying laboratory, Drone environmental monitoring DR1000

The Scentroid DR1000 can be used to sample and analyze ambient air at heights of up to 150 meters above ground level that was previously impossible to accomplish. Air quality mapping, model verification, analysis of potentially dangerous sites are all made possible by this novel innovation.

The Scentroid DR1000 can be used to sample and analyze ambient air at heights of up to 150 meters above ground level that was previously impossible to accomplish. Air quality mapping, model verification, analysis of potentially dangerous sites are all made possible by this novel innovation.

Sampling from Hazardous Sources
With the DR1000 sampling drone operator can stay safely away from hazardous sources while acquiring environmental samples.

Direct Flare Plume Sampling
The DR1000 can be flown into the plume of a flare to take direct samples for analysis for chemical composition and olfactometery. Temperature and humidity of the plume are also measure to ease dispersion calculation.

Continuous Chemical Monitoring

The Scentroid DR1000 flying laboratory provides continuous monitoring of multiple chemicals. While in flight, five built-in chemical sensors can provide remote monitoring of chemicals selected at the time of ordering.

Chemical monitoring can be provided for H2S, CH4, CO2, SO2, VOCs, and above 30 other selected chemicals. Chemical readings along with GPS position and altitude can provide 3D mapping of ambient pollution and odour levels. This feature can also be used to guide the operator into a plume for bag sampling.

Improves Air Sampling Capability Over Difficult Terrain and at Different Heights

It is often necessary to sample stacks, ponds, and other location where human access is difficult and /or dangerous. Furthermore, operator exposure to dangerous chemicals during sampling must be carefully considered. The Scentroid DR1000 flying laboratory drone allows the operator to stay safely away from potentially hazardous sources while acquiring the required air sample for laboratory analysis. The sampling drone can also be used to sample ambient air at an elevation of up to 150 meters above ground level that was previously impossible to accomplish.

Dust Monitoring

The Scentroid DR1000 flying laboratory can also provide continuous monitoring of PM 1, 2.5 and 10 using a laser scattered particulate counter. The dust monitoring can be installed in addition to the 5 chemical sensors for complete ambient air quality assessment.

Thermal Imaging

A thermal imaging camera can also be installed for visual confirmation of fugitive emissions in a variety of applications such as landfills, storage tanks, and oil/gas pipes.

Endless Aplications

The DR1000 Flying laboratory provides a robust platform to conduct impact assessment and air quality measurement for a wide range of applications including monitoring of:

  • Fugitive emission
  • Flare emission
  • Leak detection along oil pipe lines
  • Landfill methane and odour emission
  • And much more!

Recommended Drone for DR1000

DR1000 can be attached to any Rotary Wing or Fixed Wings drone, recommended drones are DJI S1000 and DJI MATRICE 600

Continuous Chemical Monitoring

In addition to air sample bag collections, the Scentroid DR1000 flying laboratory is capable of providing up to five remote chemical sensors to monitor chemical concentration levels. Data from on-board sensors are transmitted to a customer supplied operator’s Android phone to be viewed live and logged. While in flight, every 2 seconds, the drone will record GPS positions, altitude, temperature, humidity, H2S, VOC, SO2, Methane, and any chemical that is being monitored. The data can be used to create a map of the emission plume in real-time.

DR1000 – Flying Laboratory Specification

DR1000 flying laboratory, Drone environmental monitoring

Manufacturer Scentroid
Mode Scentroid DR1000 flying laboratory
Maximum operating time with full charge battery 2.5 hours
Time to fill up a sample bag 5 Sec per Liter
Weight 3410 g
Dimension 26cm x 16cm x 18cm


DR1000 will come with simultaneous GPRS and WIFI communication capabilities. The GPRS is used to send data to our new cloud server based Drone Information Management System (DRIMS). The secure online system will allow  you to remotely monitor and even control the flying laboratory as well as store and process the data collected. The Drone also connects to the ground station using WIFI communication protocol. Both Ground station and Cloud based servers run DRIMS software and simultaneously can log data from multiple DR1000 drones.

Ground Station

The Ground station that is included with every DR1000 Flying Laboratory consist of a specialized laptop with pre-installed Ubuntu and Windows 10 operating systems, high gain powerful WIFI antenna, and DRIMS software. DRIMS (Drone Information Management Software) is provides the user with means to control the flying laboratory and log all acquired data. DRIMS will provide both live data as well as all historical data for all sensors plus GPS position, Altitude, Temperature, and humidity. The user can also command the drone when to take the sample, select the sampling interval, adjust sampling rate, and perform routine maintenance such as calibration of sensors.  The laptop will be dual boot and can be used for other work including mapping the data in a GIS software, viewing path on Google Earth, analyzing in Excel, or any other task.

Available Sensors

DR1000 can be equipped with any 5 of following sensors

Sensor ID
Maximum Detection    Limit
Lowest Detection Threshold
Resolution (ppm)
CD1 CO2 Carbon Dioxide – High Concentration  5%,  20% and 100% 20 ppm 100, 2000, 10000 ppm
CD2 CO2 Carbon Dioxide – Low Concentration 2000 ppm 0 ppm 0.6 ppm
CM1 CO Carbon Monoxide (low Concentration) 2000 ppm 15 ppm 5 ppm
CM2 CO Carbon Monoxide (high concentration) 10000 ppm 250 ppm 20 ppm
CL1 Cl2 Chlorine 20 ppm 200 ppb 20 ppb
E1  C2H4O Ethylene Oxide 100 ppm 1 ppm 0.1 ppm
H1 H2 Hydrogen 5000 ppm 1 ppm 0.8 ppm
HCL1 HCl Hydrogen Chloride 20 ppm 0.1 ppm 0.1 ppm
HCY1 HCN Hydrogen Cyanide 100 ppm 0.1 ppm 0.1 ppm
ON1 O3 & NO2 Oxidizing Gases Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide O3- 20; NO2- 20 ppm 20 ppb 15 ppb
PH1 PH3 Phosphine (low Concentration) 10 ppm 50 ppb 30 ppb
PH2 PH3 Phosphine (high Concentration) 2000 ppm 5 ppm 2 ppm
HS1 H2S Hydrogen Sulfide (low Concentration – ppb) 3 ppm 3 ppb 1 ppb
HS2 H2S Hydrogen Sulfide (high Concentration – ppm) 2000 ppm 15 ppm 1 ppm
HS3 H2S Hydrogen Sulfide (medium Concentration – ppm) 200 ppm 2 ppm 0.5 ppm
E2 C2H6O, H2,
Organic solvents (Ethanol, Iso-Butane, H2) 500 ppm 0 ppm 1 ppm
MT1 CH4 Methane (LEL) 100 % LEL (50,000 ppm) 500 ppm 200 ppm
NC1 NO Nitric Oxide (low Concentration) 20 ppm 15 ppb 5 ppb
NC2 NO Nitric Oxide (High Concentration) 5000 ppm 2 ppm 1 ppm
ND1 NO2 Nitrogen Dioxide (Low Concentration) 20 ppm 0.03 ppm 0.02 ppm
ND2 NO2 Nitrogen Dioxide (high Concentration) 200 ppm 0.3 ppm 0.1 ppm
NS1 N2O Nitrous Oxide 2000 ppm 1 ppm 1 ppm
O1 O Oxygen (Low Concentration) 20% 0.01% 0.01%
O2 O Oxygen (high Concentration) 100% 0.20% 0.10%
PD1 VOCs Total VOCs (ppb) – PID 50 ppm ( isobutylene ) 0 ppm 1 (ppb isobutylene)
PD2 VOCs Total VOCs (ppm) – PID 300 ppm ( isobutylene ) 1 ppm 0.1 (ppm isobutylene)
SD1 SO2 Sulfur Dioxide (high Concentration) 2000 ppm 10 ppm 0.5 ppm
SD2 SO2 Sulfur Dioxide (low Concentration) 20 ppm 10 ppb 5 ppb
SD3 SO2 Sulfur Dioxide (medium Concentration) 100 ppm 1ppm 0.1ppm
FM1 CH2O Formaldehyde 5 ppm 0.01 ppm 0.01 ppm
PM 1-10 PM Particulate PM 1, 2.5, 10 (simultanous) 2000 µg/m3 1 µg/m3 1 µg/m3
TS1 TSP TSP – PM Required 2000 µg/m3 1 µg/m3 1 µg/m3
NMH NMHC Non-methane Hydrocarbon 25 ppm 0.1 ppm 0.1 ppm
MS1 VOCs General Purpose Odours (VOCs) 1000 ppm isobutanol 0.5 0.5
MS2 TRS TRS and Amines 3 ppm (Methyl Mercaptan) 10 ppb 10 ppb
MS3 NH3-C2H6O- C7H8 Air Contaminants (Ammonia, Ethanol, Toulene) 3 ppm (ammonia) 10 ppb 10 ppb
MS4 NH3 Ammonia 300 10 0.5 ppm




DR1000 flying laboratory, Drone environmental monitoring

What is the maximum temperature for the DR1000 sampling drone?

The Sampling drone can be operated in temperature up to 60C. At 55C the drone program will warn the operator to take necessary actions.

Does the Drone have chemical sensors?

Yes. Chemical sensors are installed for measurement and also for aiding the operator to position the drone in the plume. Standard sensor is H2S.

How many liters is each sample bag?

The standard sample bag that is included is 3 Liters but larger ones up to 10 Liters can be ordered.

Is it possible to sample from a source under negative pressure?

Yes. Under 100 mbar the standard unit will operate with minimal dilution variance. Above 100 mbar specific calibration sheets are provided by Scentroid and should be used.




C2H4O – Acetaldehyde, C4H10 – Isobutane, C7H8 – Toluene, CH2O – Formaldehyde, Cl2 – Chlorine gas, CO – Carbon Monoxide, CO2 – Carbon Dioxide, H2 – Hydrogen, H2S – Hydrogen sulfide, HCl – Hydrogen chloride, HCN – Hydrogen Cyanide, N2O – Nitrous oxide, NH3 – Ammonia, NMHC – Non Methane HydroCarbon, NO – Nitric oxide, NO2 – Nitrogen dioxide, O3 – Ozone, Oxygen, PH3 – Phosphine, PM – Particulate Matter, TRS – Total Reduced Sulphur, TSP – Total Suspended Particles


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