HAZMAT Auxiliary Unit: Make Any Drone a HAZMAT Drone 


The HAZMAT Auxiliary Unit (HAU) technology utilizes handheld hazmat sensors, which many public safety organizations already own, and operates on a wide range of commercial drones. In this way, the HAU leverages existing technology and experience to revolutionize hazmat response strategies and keep responders and the public safe.


Handheld hazardous material (hazmat) sensors, such as radiation or multi-gas detectors, are used ubiquitously by our nation’s first responders, yet these devices are often difficult or impossible to operate remotely. Typically, first responders hand-carry sensors into dangerous environments to collect data, continuously checking the sensor and verbally relaying data to their team and incident command.


The HAZMAT Auxiliary Unit (HAU) enables drones to carry hazmat sensors into dangerous environments faster than current methods, while disseminating critical data via internal long-range radio, independent of local Wi-Fi or congested cellular service.

This low-cost, easy-to-operate technology enables any drone to be outfitted with existing chemical, biological, and radiological handheld sensors. The HAU is drone-platform agnostic and works with a broad array of handheld sensors currently fielded by hazmat teams nationwide.

Key Features:

  • Attaches to virtually any drone
  • Carries the handheld hazmat sensors responders already use
  • Seamlessly transmits real-time hazmat data to responders outside the area

For more technical information, contact Steve King at sking@mitre.org. For licensing opportunities, contact the MITRE Technology Transfer Office at techtransfer@mitre.org.