Marut Drones develops India’s first mineral exploration drone for NMDC

HYDERABAD: Dronetech startup Marut Drones on Tuesday said it has delivered India’s first mineral exploration drones to state-run iron ore miner NMDC Ltd. The Hyderabad-based startup has supplied two customised Octacopter drones to the Navratna PSU.
Marut Drones said the collaboration with NMDC marks a significant leap in the field of mineral exploration with the introduction of advanced technology to enhance precision in mineral exploration and mapping for sustainable mining practices.
Terming it as a milestone, Marut said these drones not only mark a first for the country but have also introduced advanced sensors that are being utilised for the initial time in India, specifically designed for mineral exploration.
The mineral exploration drones are equipped with cutting-edge features including advanced sensors such as Magnetometer, Hyperspectral, and Lidar that enhance its capabilities for accurate exploration and mapping.
Its innovative coaxial design not only ensures stability but also facilitates precise manoeuvrability, a crucial aspect for effective mineral exploration, Marut added.
Pointing out that drone-based hyperspectral magnetic exploration has been initiated for the first time by NMDC, Marut said that the spacing and altitude for the flight are determined through mission planning followed with hyperspectral survey, which ensures a 30% overlap of the captured land during the drone flight.
“The acquired data is later processed using Hyperspec III and ENVI software by NMDC. Similarly, in drone-based magnetic surveying, the drones are calibrated, and the spacing and altitude are decided before planning the mission. Geometrics Magarrow Magnetometer is used for magnetic data acquisition, and Geometrics and Geosoft Oasis Montage softwares are employed for data processing by NMDC.”
Marut Drones founder & CEO Prem Kumar Vislawath said: “This is the first time in India, where we have built a drone for mineral exploration. The Octaquad Coaxial X8 drone has been specially designed for NMDC. Every aspect of this drone including the motors and the propeller systems have been made in India. We believe this is one of the biggest breakthroughs in the mining and exploration space.”
“The introduction of drone-based mineral exploration aims to revolutionize exploration approaches, particularly in prospecting for critical minerals like lithium, copper, gold, diamond, rare earth elements, and other essential minerals,” Vislawath added.

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