National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA to conduct aerial radiation assessment survey over the University of Florida

May 4, 2018

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) will conduct low-altitude helicopter flights over the University of Florida campus and Gainesville area between May 7 and 9.

The public may see a twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, which is operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews and is equipped with radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 150 feet or higher above the ground surface at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour. Flyovers will occur only during daylight hours.

The flyovers are part of a research project measuring baseline levels of radiation in the environment. NNSA routinely notifies the public of upcoming flights so that citizens who see the low-flying aircraft are not alarmed.

Click here for video footage of past flights by NNSA’s Aerial Measuring System.