UAVs & Drones

The Australian Mining Review - - CONTENTS -

MIN­ERS face nu­mer­ous health and safety threats.

Over the past decade, the in­dus­try has sought to im­prove min­ers’ health and safety by lever­ag­ing ad­vances in un­manned air­craft sys­tems (UAS).

UAS can re­main on-sta­tion for hours; cap­ture live video and im­agery dur­ing var­i­ous weather con­di­tions; and quickly scan hun­dreds of square kilo­me­tres of ground – all while keep­ing op­er­a­tors out of harm’s way.

How­ever, to achieve th­ese re­sults in aus­tere op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ments, sys­tem re­li­a­bil­ity is crit­i­cal.

Tex­tron Sys­tems, which has a long­stand­ing pres­ence in Aus­tralia through its Mel­bourne fa­cil­ity, has built and op­er­ated UAS for sev­eral decades in mil­i­tary, civil, aca­demic and in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Ma­tu­rity and re­li­a­bil­ity are crit­i­cal for min­ing-re­lated op­er­a­tions,” Tex­tron Sys­tems Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jack Kor­mas said.

“For ex­am­ple, our Aerosonde UAS has logged more than 275,000 flight hours and ex­cels at large-area cov­er­age — of­fer­ing more than 15 hours of flight en­durance and the abil­ity to cover 200 km in five hours.

“Its pay­load ca­pac­ity of ap­prox­i­mately 10kg al­lows for a va­ri­ety of cam­eras or sen­sors, pro­vid­ing high-def­i­ni­tion, still or live aerial im­agery and data by day or night.”

UAS, like the Aerosonde, al­low min­ers to in­spect and sur­vey more ground, quickly, all while keep­ing the miner at a safe dis­tance.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.tex­tron­sys­tems.com.

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