Drone start-ups woo stretched miners for survey work

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ALLISON MARTELL Globe&Mail/ReutersGold Mining Drones
Thursday, 3/07/2013

An unmanned miniature helicopter and something that looks like a small flying barbecue are among the gadgets turning the mining sector into an emerging frontier in the commercial use of drones, and at a fraction of the costs of piloted craft.

Aero experts and mapping geeks pitch remotely controlled aircraft as a cheaper and safer way to map deposit sites and even explore for minerals than traditional methods.

“They are really safe, easy to use, lightweight. You can put them in a small bag and take them everywhere,” said Olivier Kung, co-founder of Switzerland’s Pix4D, which makes software to convert photographs from the smallest drones into usable data…>>MORE>(Globe & Mail.com)

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