627700-iit-kharagpurIIT Kharagpur signs MoU with state-run iron ore miner NMDC for drone-based mineral exploration

The Times of India (March 18, 2022)

NMDC, IIT Kharagpur to use drones to survey minerals

HYDERABAD: State-run iron ore miner NMDC Ltd on Thursday said it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT Kharagpur for drone-based mineral exploration.

The Hyderabad-based Navratna PSE (public sector enterprise), which is India's largest iron ore producer will partner with IIT Kharagpur to develop spectral products, methods and algorithms for exploration using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for mining.

The collaboration would also further lead to the development of software spectral tools for mineral excavation and capacity building programmes on mining technology, NMDC said on Thursday.

NMDC has been exploring for over six decades minerals such as copper, rock phosphate, limestone, magnesite, diamonds, tungsten and beach sands, among others, right from the reconnaissance G4 level to the detailed G1 Level of UNFC (United Nations Framework Classification). (Read More)