The immense mapping capabilities of drones are well known. As it turned out, they can be used with equal success to study underground structures - mines and tunnels.
Emesant is an Australian start-up company founded by former developers from research agency CSIRO, where they worked in the robotics and autonomous systems group to create the Hovermap technology. It uses lidar, anti-collision sensors and GPS to display the underground landscape.
This equipment is installed on drones, with the help of which the survey of underground areas that pose a danger to people is carried out. Last year, Emesant already used its technology in a test mode at a depth of 600 meters, where the fully autonomous drone made its first independent flight. Based on the data he collected, after appropriate computer processing, a 3D map of this place was compiled.
The project attracted potential investors. The company has already raised A $ 3.5 million to date and the first Hovermap drones will be available before the end of this year.