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Siberian scientists proposed to search for uranium deposits using drones

16.03.2022 207 просмотров

Russia has developed a complex based on a drone to search for uranium.


Employees of the Siberian School of Geosciences of the Irkutsk National Research Technical University (IRNITU) have created an unmanned complex SibGIS UAS to perform high-precision geophysical and geodetic work to search for uranium deposits. With its help, scientists and geologists will be able to conduct surveys in hard-to-reach areas, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science's Priority 2030 program told TASS on Monday.


"The uniqueness of SibGIS UAS lies in the fact that the entire unmanned exploration complex, including software, was developed and created on the basis of IRNITU. All the most important elements and technologies of the UAV complex are original and non-import. For example, carbon fiber for drone parts is produced using vacuum infusion technology developed at the university.


The software was also written by specialists from the Siberian School of Geosciences IRNITU together with Geoinformation Technologies - Siberia LLC. It allows the operator to significantly simplify the interaction with the drone by automating profiles and image quality assessment, as well as a number of other routine operations.


The unmanned aerial vehicle, according to the developers, is armed with a whole range of modern technologies. These are magnetic aerial photography, gamma radiometry, gamma spectrometry, electromagnetic sounding in the time and frequency domains, multispectral aerial photography, airborne lidar scanning. At the same time, the copter itself is characterized by increased strength, ease of assembly and disassembly procedures, and is compatible with convenient charging stations.


After a series of successful tests, the unmanned complex was handed over to the All-Russian Institute of Mineral Resources named after V. M. Fedorovsky (VIMS, an institute within the structure of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use "Rosnedra") - also a member of the i.GeoDesign strategic project consortium. In April, it is planned to use SibGIS UAS in Buryatia and in the southeastern part of the Trans-Baikal Territory to search for hidden uranium deposits.


"Joint research will help create a methodological and regulatory framework for the introduction of the latest technologies. Participation and cooperation in the Priority 2030 program will create a serious scientific groundwork for the use of an integrated unmanned geophysics. Of course, now UAV methods are one of the promising tools for geologists, and any organization that seeks to take a serious position in the geological market should have such systems, "said the author of the development Alexander Parshin, whose words are provided in the message.


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