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SIMEC, an international energy and natural resources business, sought to develop a drone lead solution to calculate the volume of their coal stockpiles. Brief Tahmoor Mine is an underground coal mining operation situated in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The majority of its product is hard coking coal as well as small amounts of steaming blend coal. The coking coal is used for steel making and the steaming blend coal used for power generation. In 2018, SIMEC Mining purchased the coal mining operations from Glencore. As part of on-going operations, SIMEC approached Sphere Drones to develop an easier,...

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To locate sharks off the northern Coast of NSW, Southern Cross University required a specialist drone package that included a hyperspectral camera payload. The Brief Southern Cross University approached Sphere Drones to determine an integration solution between their SPECIM Hyperspectral Camera and their Matrice 600 Pro drone. The goal – to locate sharks off the coast of northern NSW. The camera itself weighed 1.26kg and the mini computer to process the camera added 2kg to the overall weight. We were tasked with designing an integrated solution that was lightweight, functional and sturdy to meet the demanding needs of the application. The Solution...

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Drone technologies used to enhance the efficiency of Sydney Waters’ water sampling program. The Brief Sydney Water approached Sphere Drones with a challenging, but exciting vision of implementing UAV technology to enhance the efficiency of their water sampling program. As a completely new application, we were tasked with creating a fully functioning water sampling (payload) pump and having it mounted on an appropriate drone. The Solution A challenging brief, our team began to research and develop the project requirements. Utilising 3D printing technology, we designed and then built a proprietary drone-mounted water pump. With a 2-litre capacity, it was mounted...

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The ATC was seeking to develop a drone division to provide (Australia-first) on-going aerial footage to live broadcast of both event and actual Group One races. Brief In an Australian-first and as part of a program to improve the viewer (screen) experience, the ATC was keen to engage drone technology to provide aerial footage to live broadcast and also utilise drone and broadcast quality imagery to follow and film races. Solution Approaching Sphere Drones, the ATC sought their expertise on a viable, safe and comprehensive commercial drone solution that could meet these challenging requirements. After consultation and careful consideration of...

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Agriculture Victoria as part of their ‘SmartFarms’ project, had a requirement for a fleet of application specific, high-technology drones to be integrated with their existing camera technology and with the requirement of comprehensive training and support services. The Brief Agriculture Victoria is developing remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) capability to support field data collection, new sensor development and image-calibration work. The portable, unmanned autonomous drones are designed to serve as platforms for field-testing new sensor technologies, as well as collecting crop and pasture performance data in response to spatially-variable nutrient management. The research is also using cloud based technologies to make the...

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