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Airborne Hyperspectral Mining Operations

According to GlobalData, an industry data and analytics firm and Mining Technology Magazine, the popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) across the mining industry has grown rapidly in recent years. Approximately 70% of the major mining companies have conducted drone trials since 2016 and several are considering widespread deployment not just for survey applications, but also for safety, stockpile management, and monitoring tailings and tailings dams. Ground-based hyperspectral imaging can also be used for many of the same applications.

Prospecting is the search for minerals and ores that suggest the presence of a mineral deposit worthy of mining. Rapid and accurate mapping of the surface mineralogy of large areas greatly improves the efficiency and efficacy of mineral prospecting. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) can produce maps of surface mineralogy using airborne imagery.

Mineral Prospecting

Prospecting is the search for minerals and ores that suggest the presence of a mineral deposit worthy of mining. Rapid and accurate mapping of the surface mineralogy of large areas greatly improves the efficiency and efficacy of mineral prospecting. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) can produce maps of surface mineralogy using airborne imagery.