Based on economic, geoscientific and educational reasons the chair Raw Material and Natural Resource Management of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany decided to develop an airborne investigation system. Due to the demands and restrictions of the chair the decision was made to purchase the VIRUS SW 100, a full composite ultra-light aircraft. Prior to the fabrication all possible and necessary modifications have been discussed with the engineers of the manufacturer resulting in an aircraft build especially for the demands of a multi sensor investigation platform. The actual geoscientific instrumentation comprehends a CsI-y-spectrometer, 2 K-magnetometer and a VLF-EM-receiver with the option of further sensor installations. The actual configuration enables the system to operate for mineral exploration, geological mapping, detection of freshwater resources and brines and different environmental monitoring missions. The results of recently performed test flights imply that the system can be operated according to the industrial standard.


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