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RocketDNA Signs Contract with Calidus Resources for Autonomous xBot® Drone-in-a-Box Solution in Western Australia

Within six months of receiving Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to operate autonomous drone products in Australia, RocketDNA, a global drones-as-a-service provider, has signed its first long-term contract for its xBot® solution with Calidus Resources Limited (Calidus).

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The implementation of the xBot® solution will revolutionise Caldius’ traditional surveying practices, allowing the WA-based mining company to safely monitor its site from the air, with the drone monitored by a pilot located at an off-site remote operating centre (ROC) in Perth or Adelaide.

The three-year agreement comprises the provision of an autonomous xBot® solution featuring:

  • The SurveyBot®, a state-of-the-art drone-in-a-box surveying system, equipped with DJI hardware and monitored remotely from RocketDNA’s advanced ROCs
  • Integration of Strayos AI software for streamlined data processing, analysis and automated stockpile volumetric reporting
  • Access to RocketDNA's proprietary SiteTube® data visualisation platform, ensuring secure hosting and seamless access to critical, real-time data

Deployed at Calidus' Blue Bar pit, a satellite open pit operation located 70 km by gravel road from Calidus’ Warrawoona Gold Project, the SurveyBot® system will deliver daily surveys, stockpile volume reports and real-time imagery, providing invaluable situational awareness to off-site personnel.

This reduces the frequency of and removes the need for extensive daily travel by a human to undertake site surveys or to respond to any potentially dangerous emergencies involving Calidus’ infrastructure.

It also leverages rapid data processing time and AI insights for mine optimisation and provides oversight of mining operations to remote senior management. 

RocketDNA CEO Christopher Clark expressed excitement about the transformative potential of the agreement stating: "By leveraging our innovative xBot® technology and advanced AI-driven software, we are empowering mining companies to optimise their processes while minimising risk to personnel.

“The components within this specific contract also demonstrate the breadth of our product suite and how the different components of xBot®, ROC, Strayos and Sitetube® can be harnessed to provide an overall solution which will set new standards for efficiency, safety, and sustainability in the industry.”

RocketDNA is currently completing the assembly of its first batch of five xBots® from in-stock components, one of which has been allocated to Calidus. After site safety reviews and preparation, it will be commissioned within the next three months.

With a strong focus on safety and efficiency, Calidus Resources Managing Director Dave Reeves says The Company is currently commencing operations at various satellite pits that are generally smaller in size and do not justify their own survey team on site.

“The xBot not only allows daily pickups for survey to be completed efficiently, but the associated video also allows our planning team in Perth to understand exactly how the operations are progressing and allow for rapid reaction if required.

“We look forward to partnering with RocketDNA and see great potential for this technology on our other sites as they come online”.

Assembly of the xBOT® system is conducted in Perth, the system is approximately the size of two pallets, weighs just 100 kg and can easily be moved from location to location depending on requirements.

The DJI drones have a 7 km range and can be deployed as part of a network to cover large areas.

RocketDNA is the first Australian company to secure CASA approval for the cutting-edge DJI Dock System.

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