Presentation on theme: "19th National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Norfolk, VA"— Presentation transcript:
1 EPA Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology Gamma Emergency Mapper Project 19th National Radiological Emergency PreparednessNorfolk, VAApril 21, 2009John Cardarelli II1, Mark Thomas1, Tim Curry1, Scott Faller2,Roger Shura2, and David Kappelman31 National Decontamination Team2 Radiological Emergency Response Team, Las Vegas3 Radiological Emergency Response Team, Montgomery
2 Outline Background: ASPECT Aircraft & Program ASPECT GEM Purpose and GoalGEM TeamRadiation Detection TechnologyExample Test RunsFuture Work
3 Program ASPECT AIRCRAFT PLATFORM AeroCommander PlatformBase of Operation: Waxahachie, TexasIFR/GPS EquippedHigh Quality Filtered PowerSTC Camera Holes in the floorCrew: Two Pilots, One Operator, All Commercial/ATP RatedSpeeds:Data Collection at 100 ktsCruise at 180 – 200 ktsRange/Aloft Time:Range 1,100 NMAloft Time 4 – 6 hoursService Altitude:Data Collection at 200 to 2,000 ft AGLCruise at 20,000 ft (with Supplemental Oxygen)Ground Needs – Standard FBO
4 ASPECT Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology The primary mission of ASPECT is to provide information to the first responder in a form that is timely, useful, and compatible with existing infrastructures.ASPECT can provide infrared & photographic images with geospatial chemical and radiological information.Methanol plume
5 ASPECT OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS Rapid Response — Wheels-up within one hourDirect Integration into the Local Incident CommanderStandoff Detection of Chemical Plumes and Gamma ContaminationAutomatic ProcessingReal (or Near Real) Time Collection of DataAerial Photography CapabilityBasic Data Communication
6 ASPECT Methods of Activation CERCLA or OPA AuthorityNational Response Center:EPA OSCLocalEPA RPMStateNational DeclarationMission ActivationFEMAESF-10EPA OSCSpecial Purpose MissionDHSRDCDSEPA OSC
7 ASPECT Deployments and Responses ASPECT Statistics41 Emergency Responses6 DHS SEAR Deployments9 DHS NSSE Deployments4 FEMA Activations12 Special ProjectsLEGENDResponsesDeploymentsSpecial Projects
8 EPA ASPECT – Hurricane RITA Response 9/24/2005 IR SpectralImageVisible ImageNNICI AcrylicsNWReleasePointPlume Identification and Classification9/24 ASPECT Flight PassesOver TargetsIRSpectrumAmmonia
9 ASPECT CURRENT SYSTEMS Line Scanner RS-800MSIRLSASPECT Uses Three Primary Sensors:An Infrared Line Scanner to image the plumeA High Speed Infrared Spectrometer to identify and quantify the composition of the plumeA Gamma-Ray Spectrometers for Radiological DetectionBomem MR-254AB FTSRadiation Solutions RSX-46 NaI and 2 LaBr3 detectors
10 Program ASPECT Equipment View Sensor Station Rear ViewOperator StationCamera and Sensors below Operator Station
14 Top Ten FeaturesDigital Design – More stable, less drift, higher count rates, “cleaner” spectra i.e. better data.No Internal or External Test Sources – No radioactive material transport issues. No lost or misplaced sources.Self Diagnostic with Auto System Validation – An Advanced design enables a more self contained system requiring less operator interaction. Individual detector raw data is archived in the system4. Multi-Peak U, K, Th Auto-Stabilization – Stabilizes in all areas, Faster, 3 min vs 30 min.
15 Top Ten Features 5. Individual Crystal ADC’s & Processing – The high speed sampling of pulses allows for pulse analysis and DSP processing.Resulting in improved pulse pile-up rejection, zero dead time & a higher throughput.Wide Dynamic Range – From low level to 1,000,000+ cps for each crystal.Individual Crystal Linearization with proper Poisson noise characteristics
16 Top Ten Features Expandable Unlimited number of crystals (limited only by weight considerations)Wide range of Connectivity options – RS232 serial, TCPIP and USB. Utilizing data compression that allows for full spectral data transfer every second over wireless devices.Modern Compact Design – Strong & Efficient Case, Modular, Meet FAA requirements
17 ASPECT GEM ProjectPurpose: To improve the US EPA airborne gamma-screening and mapping capability of ground-based gamma contamination following a wide-area radiological dispersal device (RDD) or improvised nuclear detonation (IND) attack.Goal: To develop the most advanced gamma-radiation detection capability mountable within an Aero Command 680 FL airframe.
18 EPA Homeland SecurityASPECT GEM project directly supports the EPA Office of Homeland Security focal area that directs the agency to: ”Develop appropriate/effective technologies to lessen the time frame for characterization and decontamination of contaminated widespread and populated areas following an RDD.”
19 NDT: National Decontamination Team RERT: Radiological Emergency Response TeamERT: Environmental Response TeamORIA: Office of Radiation and Indoor AirNHSRC: Nat. Homeland Security Research CenterLANL: Los Alamos National LaboratoryDOE: Department of Energy, Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center
20 ASPECT Open Houses March ’08: Cincinnati, OH July ’08: Las Vegas, NV April, ’09: DCJune, ’09: Albany, NYSummer ’09: WPAFBThese events improve the agency’s Homeland Security response capabilities by:1. Strengthening EPA intra-organizational and interagency relationships associated with emergency response functions,2. Increasing awareness of the agency’s national assets available to the regions, surrounding states, and response communities of the airborne chemical and radiological detection capabilities, and3. Serving as a forum to provide unique “hands-on” access to the agency’s latest technology developed for large-scale response and recovery applications.
21 Modeling vs. Measurements EPA airborne and ground-based radiation detection technologies will provide long-term environmental measurement data.21
22 Chernobyl fallout extended for great distances; local deposition heterogeneous 300 km
28 Steam Separator Replacement Old Radiation Detection Capability Separator constantly moved during the data collection process.Image processed and transmitted via on-board satellite communications system to Command Center five minutes after last pass.Can send images to secure FTP and Blackberry.(8 passes, 50 minutes, 500 ft, 110 knots)
40 Future Work Calibration Cross calibrate ASPECT GEM with DOE Aircraft Background (April 2009)Exposure Rate Calibration (RERT, July 2009)Activity Calibration (July, 2009)Cross calibrate ASPECT GEM with DOEAccelerated data exchange products (e.q. real-time contour mapping)Communicating uncertainties with mapsDetermine Minimum Detectable Activity for various operating conditions, andCreate or improve similar ground-based systems to be consistent with ASPECT GEM capabilities