Leica Geosystems will be showcasing a new generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at the upcoming AIMEX exhibition this year.
The new Aibotix Aibot X6 and SwissDrones Dragon 35 UAVs are uniquely crafted to cater to a wide spectrum of applications, providing various safety and productivity benefits for both mining and non-mining scopes of work.
Featuring advanced multi-sensor, intelligent guidance systems, the Aibot X6 hexacopter is one of safest and easiest to operate among commercial UAVs currently on the market. Leica Geosystems and their partners have been awarded worldwide distribution rights for the Aibot X6 UAV by its maker, Aibotix GmbH.
The Leica SwissDrones dual-rotor UAV will also be launched on the AIMEX platform. Known as the SwissDrones Dragon 35, this streamlined synchropter, when introduced at the MINExpo 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, caused a buzz in the mining market by setting an entirely new standard for UAV technology. The Dragon 35 boasts superior payload capacity and flying time endurance whilst tightly integrating Leica Geosystems’ multispectral metric camera and imaging technologies. Leica Geosystems has been granted the licence for worldwide distribution of the Dragon 35.
UAVs are becoming increasingly important in many of the applications served by Leica Geosystems’ solutions. UAV technology, when used for aerial mapping and imagery in mining delivers clear safety and productivity benefits, and offers a better alternative to the costly and time-consuming piloted aeroplane and helicopter solutions currently used.
According to Rüdiger Wagner, General Manager of Solutions at Leica Geosystems’ Geospatial Solutions Division, access is risky, impossible or simply too time consuming when conventional methods or platforms are used in many critical applications.
He explains that the Aibotix Aibot X6 offers one of the best aerial platforms for safe, reliable manoeuvring of important payloads.
The Aibot X6 and Swissdrones Dragon will be featured at the Leica Geosystems Mining booth (Stand 1307, Hall B) at AIMEX.