Integrating low cost ultrasonic and LiDar sensors to any hover-capable aerial system enable it to navigate the constricted tunnels of underground mining. Combining this with a low-cost structured light sensor for mapping enables the system to track wear and degradation in vertical rock-passes and tunnels. Predicting the need for preventative maintenance rather than waiting for a blockage or failure to indicate a problem.
While currently still only a technology demonstrator. The next phase will deliver an engineering prototype. Integrated to enable active platform preservation and safe flight in the constricted environments of an underground mine. Both visual and 3D data is captured enabling a map of the flown area to be generated.