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December 2016/January 2017 unmanned systems inside 19 ENGINEERING. POLICY. PRACTICE. The RQ-11 (left) Image of a mine in West Virginia taken by a drone during the Offi ce of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's proof of concept tests. The government organization has been researching the use of drones for mine oversight and reclamation since 2011 (right). A miniature IMU Weight: 0,12 lbs (55g) Volume: 2,0 cu. in. (35cm 3 ) email@example.com • www.sensonor.com When size, performance and robustness matter Available now – contact us to discuss your application … TO BE EVEN BETTER! Photo: Sindre Lundvold Certain missions demand unsurpassed precision, stability and reliability. Having perfect control and fully understanding the smallest detail is what it takes to be a world leader. With this in mind, we developed the Inertial Measurement Unit STIM300, a small, ultra-high performance, non-GPS aided IMU: • ITAR free • Small size, low weight and low cost • Insensitive to magnetic fi elds • Low gyro bias instability (0.5°/h) • Low gyro noise (0.15°/√h) • Excellent accelerometer bias instability (0.05mg) • 3 inclinometers for accurate leveling STIM300 is the smallest and highest performing, commercially available IMU in its category, worldwide! helps with safety. It's better to find issues before something breaks than to have to fix it afterwards." Allen is also thinking about investing in hyperspectral cameras for mineral exploration, he said. These cameras can pick up alterations in the rock, which is an indication of po- tential gold. They could also perform environmental surveys to look for things like vegetation stress. Equipping a UAS with a gas sensor might also offer safety benefits, Allen said, enabling mines to improve leak detec- tion. Typically they send a robot into the mine to check for leaks, but if the source of the leak isn't on the ground, the robot might miss it. Sending in humans is dangerous, mak- ing this an ideal job for a UAS. Mines of the Future As the technology continues to evolve, UAS will become more and more common at mine sites all over the world. Mine operators will increasingly learn to rely on the tech- nology, Allen said, and make the necessary changes to their workf low and their culture to streamline drones into their regular operations. "They're starting to really grasp the value of having the capability there on a consistent basis," Duggan said. "In the future, we'll have multiple systems operating safely at mine sites, and these systems will be remotely controlled. I think eventually the goal is to have fully autonomous mine sites where those systems can operate on a daily basis to gather information. The robotic mine of the future is really the path. There will still be some people working but a lot of the systems that gather the data for site planning will be automatic."