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How Can Drones Contribute to Mineral Exploration?

Booysen, R.; Lorenz, S.; Jackisch, R.; Gloaguen, R.; Madriz Diaz, Y. C.

Drones are getting more and more used to replace piloted platforms to reduce the costs and increase safety of activities such as monitoring, delivery or warfare. So far though, drones have barely been used as more than single-sensor platforms. In order to be used in mineral exploration we need to ensure that the data acquired by drones are versatile, accurate and adapted to the tasks but also that the platforms are robust and low-maintenance to ensure an operational use in remote locations. During the last years we developed and tested a series of workflows to rapidly provide relevant information to exploration teams. It starts with multi-source data acquisition, data integration and preprocessing. We then use machine learning to process the data and generate relevant geological information.

Keywords: Drones; UAS; UAV; Hyperspectral; Magnetics; Machine learning; Exploration

  • Invited lecture (Conferences) (Online presentation)
    IGARSS 2021 - 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 16.07.2021, Brussels, Belgium
    DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554041

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