Drone for mines can navigate in darkness and GPS-deprived spaces

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Autonomous vehicles are providing solutions to many jobs that have long proved dangerous or impractical for humans, whether that’s helping to manage forest fires or monitoring poachers, and now a new drone is aiming to make underground exploration safer, too. TILT Ranger, by Inkonova, is designed to meet the varied challenges of underground environments and mineshafts, featuring both wheels and flying rotors to navigate the varied terrain. The drone’s autonomous navigation system is being developed to operate in tight spaces, using tilt-able rotors for fine and rapid manoeuvrability that will function even when GPS can no longer reach it. With…

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