Rocketmine, a subsidiary of the international Delta Drone Group (EPA:ALDR), continues to
affirm its’ position as the drone service providing leader in UAV (drone) solutions for the
mining sector. The company has procured contracts with mining giants throughout Africa
A contract renewal with South African mining giant, Exxaro Resources Group (JSE:EXX)
sees Rocketmine providing survey and mapping solutions to the Grootegeluk site in the
Limpopo Province. This forms part of their plan to evolve towards the “digitized mine of the
future” concept where real-time mine planning and execution can be conducted to improve
mining efficiency and production.
Grootegeluk mine is Exxaro’s largest opencast mine in the southern hemisphere. This
particular site inhabits various hazards and dangers to the surveyors. The survey and
mapping solution was aimed to get surveyors out of dangerous areas to increase safety and
data turnaround time. One of Exxaro’s primary driving force in optimizing efficiency of their
operations is to meet the demand requirements of the Medupi power station.
“Our professional service and accurate data have been our greatest advocates. While safety
and our cost-effective approaches contribute to a more streamlined and productive output
on-site assisting the client achieve their targets,” explains Rocketmine MD, Christopher Clark
The second contract acquisition sees Rocketmine taking to the skies in Namibia. Rio Tinto’s
first commercial uranium mine, Rössing Uranium, had supplied a total of 132,610 tonnes of
uranium oxide to the world by the end of 2017. To achieve the best possible grade of
uranium, Rössing Uranium Mine achieves this by optimising the accuracy of planning. This
requires regular and accurate stockpile movements.
“The integration of drone technology at Rössing Uranium Mine will enhance operational
efficiencies pertaining to planning by providing expeditious accurate data,” shares Mr Clark.
Rocketmine secured two other contracts in West Africa. Newcrest Mining Limited in Côte
d’Ivoire and Newmont Akyem to provide mine blast monitoring and fragmentation analysis
and survey mapping respectively.
“A global cumulate amount for these African projects over the next three years equates close
to €1 000 000. These mines are clear cases that the future of the mining will utilise
technology not only to find innovative solutions but to decrease their carbon footprint,”
concludes Mr Clark.
About Rocketmine: Rocketmine is Africa’s leading premier drone data service provider. Fully
licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to provide professional and cost-effective services; while
focusing on delivering, safe, reliable, and accurate data to clients. Rocketmine provides customized
drone data solutions to improve operational efficiencies and systems. Clients trust Rocketmine’s
experience and expertise with over 7 500+ flight hours in multiple sectors and owning the largest fleet
Rocketmine is a Delta Drone company.
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