An effective means of detecting airborne radioactive aerosol plumes has been developed and tested on aircraft platforms. The
Real-Time Airborne Radiation Analysis and Collection (RTARAC) system was mounted in the wing pod of a Navy P-3 where it sampled
20 cubic meters of air per minute on each of eleven sequentially advanced filters. A 140% intrinsic gemanium detector counted
radioactive particles collected on the 15 cm circular filters in real-time. Gamma-energy spectrum and near real-time analysis
of the sample were displayed on a laptop computer.