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Airobotics, RockBlast enter partnership

14th May 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airobotics has entered into an exclusive distribution partnership with RockBlast for the Chilean mining industry.

UAS offer a number of advantages to the mining industry, as they can operate safely in the most hazardous and remote sites without the need for human pilots. Airobotics’ UAS will be able to perform a variety of missions at RockBlast’s customer mine sites, enabling continuous operation of the open pit while retrieving highly accurate data of operational progress.

Applications include terrain mapping and change detection, asset management and scheduling, situational awareness and emergency response, infrastructure and equipment inspection, and security and surveillance.

The first customer to implement the capability under the distribution agreement is Minera Centinela.

Horacio Gutierrez Abelaida, CEO of RockBlast, said: ‘Drones have positioned themselves as a technological tool of high value throughout the world, particularly in mining.

'As part of the growing digitisation of information in mining, the data obtained by drones has become an essential factor for decision making in the different stages of the mining process and RockBlast, together with Airobotics, is a part of this new era.’ 

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