PROSPECTOR

True Autonomy in GPS-Denied Environments

powered by exyn

Surface and underground drone solution

Reliable. Effective. Secure. Lightweight and easy to deploy, PROSPECTOR has a remarkable 10km range on the surface and can withstand extreme temperatures and environments. Designed to operate in extreme environmental conditions, the PROSPECTOR lets you fly when other systems are grounded. Using high performance payloads, the PROSPECTOR is ideal for both surface and underground mining operations. Its standard payload interface allows for simple integration of new payloads for emerging applications.

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The most rugged multirotor

The PROSPECTOR uses a patent pending breakaway arm design with attachment fuses and a patent pending monolithic flyer body that can withstand very high levels of abuse.

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Best packability

The PROSPECTOR breaks down without any tools into three main components: 2 prop arms and 1 flyer body. The entire system slides into a small tube or pouch.

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Best wind performance

The PROSPECTOR has the lowest horizontal cross-sectional area of any drone in its class. Considerable engineering has been placed on making the vehicle body and arm combination as low profile as possible while maximizing stiffness and strength. The result is a system that is minimally affected by wind.

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Best payload capacity

The PROSPECTOR is capable of lifting over 1.5kg with good flight dynamics. These payload capabilities in a vehicle this small enables novel applications and allows for more remote deployment than previously possible.

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Longest flight time

The PROSPECTOR flies for 40-45 minutes with standard payloads (450-600 grams), while continuing to maintain very stable high wind performance.

Underground

Highlights

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Aerial robots automate data acquisition to reduce costs, improve accuracy and safety

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Self-piloting aerial robot that is safe around people, equipment, and in dynamic environments

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Fully on-board, real-time mapping and navigation, no prior map or additional infrastructure needed

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Multi-modal sensor fusion gives robust transitions from low-light or no-light spaces

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Scales to multiple robot swarms

Business Impact

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Save time and money by enabling short interval control

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Improve quality of data captured

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Increase safety in inspection of tunnel faces before and after blasting

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Accurate and timely mine maps for planning and operations

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Safe data collection in decommissioned and unsafe areas without endangering mine workers

How Can Your Company Benefit from Intelligent Aerial Vehicles?

An underground mine is a complex network of tunnels with uneven terrain, large drops, climbs and possibly wet and muddy ground. In the absence of active lighting, the tunnels are dark, making the environment challenging and dangerous for human operations. Access to accurate and up to date information is vital for all underground mine operations such as designing, excavating, and documenting. Today’s surveying techniques are time-consuming and require human operations in harsh underground environments.

Robots, such as aerial vehicles, can safely and efficiently create maps of a mine to track changes. Furthermore, these robots can enable new data to be collected that is not possible using current techniques, including mapping information in previously unexplored areas which are too dangerous for humans to work and placing sensors to collect measurements in difficult to reach areas.

Advanced Autonomous Aerial Robots are uniquely designed for surveying and inspecting underground mines. PROSPECTOR, powered by exynAI™ autonomy software, is a self-piloting aerial robot and can be deployed anywhere within a mine without the need for a pilot or prior map. Once deployed, PROSPECTOR will collect all the data needed for mine surveying and inspection with little to no human supervision. exynAI™ software runs fully on-board the robot, therefore intermittent or lost communication with the robot does not compromise the safety or completion of a mission. Once the robot is back within communication range, the mission information can be downloaded off the robot to provide real-time updates and sensor data.

PROSPECTOR provides a safe way to collect data in mines. Unknown and possibly dangerous parts of a mine can arise due to temporary abandonment of an area, unexpected results from blasting (e.g. loose rock, exposure of karst features and opening of mud seams), poor documentation from previous owners, or furthering exploration into new areas which cannot be mapped by traditional surveying techniques. PROSPECTOR can be deployed to create a map of the environment before sending in humans, thereby mitigating risk in a way that was not previously possible.

Surface

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Accurately calculate stockpile and pit volumes in seconds

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Quickly obtain up-to-date visualizations of worksites allowing for better pit and dump design and management

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Acquire rock type variation in a bench, face angle, preblast block condition, and preblast volumes for planning and executing blasting work

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Calculate haul road lengths, measure slopes, grades, and check roads against design and safety requirements

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Inspect hard-to-access areas

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Check windrow heights, berms and tailings dams, and measure overall pit slope and individual slope angles to ensure compliance with safety requirements

Comparing PROSPECTOR to market alternatives

The competition PROSPECTOR powered by Exyn
Underground mine surveying
Full 360 capture
Survey area difficult to reach/not accessible to humans
Full autonomy
Complete autonomous mission without prior map
Exploration mode to map areas without a pre-defined path
Beyond line of communications
Real-time on-board planning and mission execution
Usability to capture other data sets (e.g. gas, wind, etc.)