Bengaluru-based firm deploys drone-based technology for mineral prospecting and exploration


Bengaluru-based Squadrone Infra and Mining Pvt. Ltd has deployed Magarrow, a UAV-enabled drone-based technology, for mineral prospecting and exploration.

The company deployed the technology at Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (GMDC), Ambaji, Gujarat. This technology is proficient in mineral exploration and mineral discovery, particularly in prospecting of copper, lithium, gold, lead, zinc, cobalt, nickel, manganese, REE mineral, etc.

Magarrow is equipped with non-radioactive laser-pumped caesium vapour with a total field scalar magnetometer that enables mapping of shallow and deep-seated virgin mineral deposits ranging up to 600-800m below from the ground level.

Therefore, it enables geologists, geophysicists, and researchers, to conduct studies of the earth’s strata for new and greenfield mineral discoveries with much more ease, particularly the inaccessible areas.

“As it is a drone-based technology, there is no need to build approach roads or disturb the ecology and environment of the mineral prospect areas. Additionally, mineral prospecting projects, which traditionally take up 3 to 4 years, can be completed within 5 to 6 months, with greater efficiency and accuracy, using this technology,” said Cyriac Joseph, founder and CEO, M/s. Squadrone Infra and Mining Pvt. Ltd.

Recent data suggests that India has identified 5.71 lakh sq. km. (57.1 million ha.) as the Obvious Geological Potential area, but only 10 per cent of it has been explored, with 1.5 per cent being mined. This makes India one of the few countries in the world with a high greenfield exploration potential, given its highly Under-explored mineral deposit and mining potential, said Squadrone Infra.


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