Press Release: Heath Consultants Incorporated Announces Methane Monitoring Drone Under Development Through ARPA-E Grant

ARPA-E Drone
HOUSTON, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Heath Consultants Incorporated (Heath), in collaboration with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), Thorlabs, Princeton University and University of Houston, has been selected by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop and demonstrate the RMLD™ Sentry for continuously monitoring, locating and quantifying volumetric leak rates of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from natural gas production sites.  To reliably detect and measure methane leakage at low cost, the fully autonomous system combines: a miniaturized version of the industry-leading laser-based Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD™); the InstantEye® miniature quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with self-directed flight patterns; mid-infrared lasers; and advanced wind and plume models.  The three-year program will test prototype units at selected field sites.  The RMLD™ Sentry system is intended for widespread deployment to facilitate reducing the environmental impact and cost of natural gas leakage.

Since 1933 Heath Consultants Incorporated has been the leader in natural gas detection technologies and services. Heath partners with well-recognized research and development organizations as well as industry trade associations to provide state-of-the-art products and services to various utility markets including products specifically designed to detect greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and services for environmental safety.  For more information, please visit:

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) provides contract research and development services in a wide diversity of technical areas to both government and commercial customers. PSI’s interests span basic research to technology development, with an emphasis on applied research. PSI develops advanced technologies for aerospace, chemical, defense, energy, environmental, manufacturing and medical applications. Core technologies have been developed with more than $500 million of federal and industrial funding over three and a half decades of operations, a period in which PSI has acquired an international reputation for technical excellence and innovation. For more information, please visit:

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