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

ModeScentroid DR1000 flying laboratory
Maximum operating time with full charge battery2.5 hours
Time to fill up a sample bag5 Sec per Liter
Weight3410 g
Dimension26cm 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)
CD1CO2Carbon Dioxide – High Concentration 5%,  20% and 100%20 ppm100, 2000, 10000 ppm
CD2CO2Carbon Dioxide – Low Concentration2000 ppm0 ppm0.6 ppm
CM1COCarbon Monoxide (low Concentration)2000 ppm15 ppm5 ppm
CM2COCarbon Monoxide (high concentration)10000 ppm250 ppm20 ppm
CL1Cl2Chlorine20 ppm200 ppb20 ppb
E1 C2H4OEthylene Oxide100 ppm1 ppm0.1 ppm
H1H2Hydrogen5000 ppm1 ppm0.8 ppm
HCL1HClHydrogen Chloride20 ppm0.1 ppm0.1 ppm
HCY1HCNHydrogen Cyanide100 ppm0.1 ppm0.1 ppm
ON1O3 & NO2Oxidizing Gases Ozone and Nitrogen DioxideO3- 20; NO2- 20 ppm20 ppb15 ppb
PH1PH3Phosphine (low Concentration)10 ppm50 ppb30 ppb
PH2PH3Phosphine (high Concentration)2000 ppm5 ppm2 ppm
HS1H2SHydrogen Sulfide (low Concentration – ppb)3 ppm3 ppb1 ppb
HS2H2SHydrogen Sulfide (high Concentration – ppm)2000 ppm15 ppm1 ppm
HS3H2SHydrogen Sulfide (medium Concentration – ppm)200 ppm2 ppm0.5 ppm
E2C2H6O, H2,
Organic solvents (Ethanol, Iso-Butane, H2)500 ppm0 ppm1 ppm
MT1CH4Methane (LEL)100 % LEL (50,000 ppm)500 ppm200 ppm
NC1NONitric Oxide (low Concentration)20 ppm15 ppb5 ppb
NC2NONitric Oxide (High Concentration)5000 ppm2 ppm1 ppm
ND1NO2Nitrogen Dioxide (Low Concentration)20 ppm0.03 ppm0.02 ppm
ND2NO2Nitrogen Dioxide (high Concentration)200 ppm0.3 ppm0.1 ppm
NS1N2ONitrous Oxide2000 ppm1 ppm1 ppm
O1OOxygen (Low Concentration)20%0.01%0.01%
O2OOxygen (high Concentration)100%0.20%0.10%
PD1VOCsTotal VOCs (ppb) – PID50 ppm ( isobutylene )0 ppm1 (ppb isobutylene)
PD2VOCsTotal VOCs (ppm) – PID300 ppm ( isobutylene )1 ppm0.1 (ppm isobutylene)
SD1SO2Sulfur Dioxide (high Concentration)2000 ppm10 ppm0.5 ppm
SD2SO2Sulfur Dioxide (low Concentration)20 ppm10 ppb5 ppb
SD3SO2Sulfur Dioxide (medium Concentration)100 ppm1ppm0.1ppm
FM1CH2OFormaldehyde5 ppm0.01 ppm0.01 ppm
PM 1-10PMParticulate PM 1, 2.5, 10 (simultanous)2000 µg/m31 µg/m31 µg/m3
TS1TSPTSP – PM Required2000 µg/m31 µg/m31 µg/m3
NMHNMHCNon-methane Hydrocarbon25 ppm0.1 ppm0.1 ppm
MS1VOCsGeneral Purpose Odours (VOCs)1000 ppm isobutanol0.50.5
MS2TRSTRS and Amines3 ppm (Methyl Mercaptan)10 ppb10 ppb
MS3NH3-C2H6O- C7H8Air Contaminants (Ammonia, Ethanol, Toulene)3 ppm (ammonia)10 ppb10 ppb
MS4NH3Ammonia300100.5 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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