DR1000 Flying Laboratory by Scentroid

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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 DR1000 can be attached to any rotary Wing or fixed wings drone, but Scentroid reccomends using the DJI S1000 or the DJI MATRICE 600.

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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.

Above 30 Chemicals

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.

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.

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.

Police using Scentroid DR1000 Flying Lab to Combat Smog

In Katowice, the city police began fighting polluters using Scentroid DR1000 Flying lab. While DR1000 can be configured to detect 100s of pollutants, for this application Particulate PM1-10, Ethanol, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, and Hydrogen Chloride are monitored. These chemicals provide evidence of burning of low quality coal, scrap wood pieces, or even garbage.

Endless Applications

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 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.

DR1000 Specifications

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

Available Sensors

The DR1000 can be equipped with any 5 of the following sensors

Sensor IDFormulaChemicalMaximum Detection LimitLowest Detection ThresholdResolution (ppm)
CD1CO2Carbon Dioxide – High Concentration5%20 ppm100
CD2CO2Carbon Dioxide – Low Concentration2000 ppm0 ppm0.6 ppm
CM1COCarbon Monoxide (low Concentration)1000 ppm0 ppm0.1 ppm
CM2COCarbon Monoxide (high concentration)10000 ppm30 ppm3 ppm
CL1Cl2Chlorine20 ppm200 ppb0.1 ppm
H1H2Hydrogen10000 ppm100 ppm10 ppm
HCL1HClHydrogen Chloride20 ppm0.5 ppm0.2 ppm
HCY1HCNHydrogen Cyanide50 ppm0.1 ppm0.5 ppm
PH1PH3Phosphine (low Concentration)5 ppm50 ppb30 ppb
PH2PH3Phosphine (high Concentration)2000 ppm5 ppm2 ppm
HS1H2SHydrogen Sulfide (low Concentration – ppb)3 ppm7 ppb1 ppb
HS2H2SHydrogen Sulfide (high Concentration – ppm)2000 ppm15 ppm2 ppm
HS3H2SHydrogen Sulfide (medium Concentration – ppm)200 ppm2 ppm0.2 ppm
E2C2H6O, H2,
Organic solvents (Ethanol, Iso-Butane, H2)500 ppm25 ppm1 ppm
MT1CH4Methane (LEL)100 % LEL (50,000 ppm)500 ppm50 ppm
NC1NONitric Oxide (low Concentration)25 ppm0.2 ppm0.05 ppm
NC2NONitric Oxide (High Concentration)5000 ppm2 ppm3 ppm
ND1NO2Nitrogen Dioxide (Low Concentration)20 ppm0.03 ppm0.1 ppm
ND2NO2Nitrogen Dioxide (high Concentration)1000 ppm2 ppm1 ppm
NS1N2ONitrous Oxide1% volume100 ppm1 ppm
O2O2Oxygen (high Concentration)25%5000 ppm200 ppm
PD1VOCsTotal VOCs (ppb) – PID50 ppm ( isobutylene )10 ppb10 ppb
PD2VOCsTotal VOCs (ppm) – PID300 ppm ( isobutylene )1 ppm50 ppb
SD1SO2Sulfur Dioxide (high Concentration)2000 ppm2 ppm1 ppm
SD2SO2Sulfur Dioxide (low Concentration)20 ppm0.3 ppm0.2 ppm
SD3SO2Sulfur Dioxide (medium Concentration)100 ppm0.4 ppm0.2 ppm
FM1CH2OFormaldehyde5 ppm10 ppb10 ppb
PM 1-10PMParticulate PM 1, 2.5, 10 (simultanous)2000 µg/m31 µg/m31 µg/m3
TS1TSPPM 1002000 µg/m31 µg/m31 µg/m3
NMHNMHCNon-methane Hydrocarbon25 ppm0.1 ppm0.1 ppm
MS2TRSTRS and Amines10 ppm1 ppm2 ppb
MS3NH3, C2H6O,C7H8Air Contaminants (Ammonia, Ethanol, Toulene)30 ppm1 ppm4 ppb
AM2NH3Ammonia (High concentration)100 ppm3 ppm1 ppm
AM1NH3Ammonia (Low Concentration)25 ppm0.5 ppm0.1 ppm
Oz1O3Ozone5 ppm20 ppb20 ppb
RD1α-, β-, γ, XRadiation Monitor ( α-, β-, γ- and x- radiation )1000 μSv / h0.01 μSv / h0.01 μSv / h