Teledyne FLIR Defense Works With MFE to Integrate Chemical Hazard Sensor on Drones, Spot Robot

Teledyne FLIR has integrated the MUVE C360 multi-gas sensor into UAS and mobile robot platforms for remote inspections in the air and on the ground.

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The MUVE C360 detects and classifies airborne gas or chemical hazards and is designed to operate on Boston Dynamics’ Spot mobile robot.

Teledyne FLIR Defense last week announced that it has teamed up with MFE Inspection Solutions to integrate the FLIR MUVE C360 multi-gas detector on commercial aerial drones and Boston Dynamics Inc.’s Spot robot. The systems will enable remote monitoring of chemical threats in industrial and public safety applications, said the companies.

“By deploying a chemical detector on drones and ground robots, industrial managers can identify dangerous situations from a safe distance, keeping operators out of harm’s way and speeding corrective measures,” said Dr. David Cullin, vice president and general manager of unmanned and integrated solutions at Teledyne FLIR Defense. “We’re pleased to be teaming with MFE to provide innovative technology solutions like MUVE C360 that put distance between good people and bad things.”

Teledyne FLIR, a unit of Teledyne Technologies Inc., said it provides intelligent sensing, unmanned systems, and integrated systems for defense and industrial markets. Founded in 1978, the Chelmsford, Mass.-based company has about 4,000 employees worldwide.

FLIR MUVE C360 ready for multiple platforms

Teledyne said the MUVE C360 detects and classifies airborne gas or chemical hazards, allowing industrial safety officers and inspection personnel to perform their job more safely and efficiently.

On the ground, MUVE C360 is designed to operate on Boston Dynamics' Spot quadruped, which can autonomously inspect dangerous, inaccessible, or remote environments.

The C360 also is compatible with common commercial uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), which allows operators to fly the C360 into a scene to perform hazard assessments in the air. MUVE C360 delivers continuous threat information in real time, said Teledyne.

The detector is also fully integrated with the Teledyne FLIR SkyRanger, which offers secure data communications for defense and homeland security applications, the company said.

Teledyne partners

In addition, Teledyne FLIR’s new MUVE C360 Partnership Program offers potential partners the opportunity to become a certified C360 integrator.

“Being able to utilize the FLIR MUVE C360 on Boston Dynamics’ Spot and commonly used UAS systems for inspection make this payload one of the most versatile sensors we have in our toolbox today,” said Jason Acerbi, general manager at MFE Inspection Solutions. “Whether during day-to-day checks or an emergency response event, our clients take air quality monitoring seriously, from ground level to the tallest assets inside an oil and gas facility.”

Dripping Springs, Texas-based MFE Inspection Solutions provides non-destructive testing, remote visual inspection, environmental inspection, and drone systems and services. Founded in 2009 by the Duke family, the company now serves customers worldwide from 13 locations. It offers technology rentals, sales, repairs, and training.

The MUVE 360 was integrated into Spot and other remote-inspection platforms displayed at the 4C Conference last week for oil and gas industry professionals in Austin, Texas.


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The MUVE C360 detects and classifies airborne gas or chemical hazards and is designed to operate on Boston Dynamics’ Spot mobile robot.


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