Research & Development
JAXA promotes three research and development programs and a fundamental research program that underpins them.
Unmanned Airplane for Radiation Monitoring System (UARMS)
Next Generation Aeronautical Innovation Hub Center
Since June 2012, JAXA, in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) , has been conducting research and development on a small Unmanned Aerial Radiation Monitoring System (UARMS).
JAXA's research focuses on:
- Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system design including on-board system redundancy
- System safety technologies for small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations
- Automatic flight control technologies for more precise radiation monitoring
JAEA's research focuses on:
- Aerial radiation monitoring methodologies using UAS
- Light and small radiation detector system
The research is being conducted to be used for radiation-monitoring missions in the restricted area of Fukushima in the near future.
Conceptual diagram of radiation monitoring
|Dimensions||Length: 2.7 m, wingspan: 4.2 m|
|Max. takeoff weight / Payload||50 kg / 3 to 10 kg|
|Power plant||Engine (gasoline)|
|Endurance||6 hours (daytime)|
|Airspeed||25 to 35 m/s (90 to 126 km/h)|
|Takeoff and landing distance||200 to 300 m|
|Cruise Altitude||below 250m, to fly below minimum safety altitude of civil aircraft|
|Control||Programmed flight (including terrain-following mode)
Manual take-off and landing