Space Technology Solutions: An Opportunity for the Mining Industry

CIM MineSpace 2001
Bob Robinson, Geoffrey Allan Liggins, Sean Maloney, Pierre Brisson,
Abstract This paper will focus on the process of technology transfer from the space sector, European and Canadian, to the mining industry. For several decades, space programs have been responsible for the development of innovative technologies for extra-terrestrial exploration. These same technologies hold the potential for commercial application on earth—land and marine.

C-CORE a research and development corporation in St. John’s, Canada, with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in partnership with the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) of Sudbury, Canada, have implemented such transfers under a program called the Harsh Environment Initiative (HEI). The HEI affords the mining community the opportunity to benefit from space technologies.

Space technologies of interest to the mine sector range from robotics, image analysis software, ground penetrating radar and advanced materials. Mine operations and mine monitoring are currently the two receptor areas for space technologies, for example, tele-automation and geomechanics.
Keywords: Technology transfer, Robotic Systems, Intelligent Sensors, intelligent systems, Automated Mining, Space Industry
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