Some of our unique capabilities for effective research and development have been touched on here.

These are a number of R&D projects Gyrotek has undertaken.

  • a Remote-sensing Microseepage Detection Method comparing geochemical results with background locations in Southern;
  • the Remote-sensing machine learning mapping project showing the correlation between hydrocarbons their proximity to tectonic plates and a project mapping the world’s oil reserves and distance from tectonic plates;
  • Adapting an airborne tellurics antenna that involves the use of airborne seismoelectric wave detection to receive direct hydrocarbon indications where depth is claimed to be highly correlated to frequency;
  • A micro hydrolysis fuel injection system where the creation of micro hydrolysis fuel injection system prototype will avoid the need for hydrogen storage. Its main advantage will be to reduce fuel consumption by 20% thereby reducing costs and more importantly increasing the payload on a gyrocopter by a targeted twelve kilograms, required to house the sensors stipulated for the airborne surveying method to be technically feasible;
  • a Gyrocopter-attached Magnetic Boom involving the design of a gyrocopter aeromagnetic sensor boom prototype;
  • a Light-weight Airborne Gas Spectroscopy System which will involve an attempt to find an ethane sniffer able to deliver sensitivity to part ethane to 100 million parts air to obviate the need for time-consuming ground sampling;
  • a Helikite-mounted Thermal Imaging System that will involve the creation of a thermal imaging security application based on helikites – potent for security in South Africa and a low-cost method of tracking poachers in game reserves, as well as for ANE operations;
  • a Gyrocopter Airbag Integration investigation into the viability of incorporation of airbag into gyrocopter as part of five-point safety intervention;
  • a Potato Mesh WiFi Data Collection Network that hopes to enable a WiFi mesh network using unallocated and ISM WiFi frequencies to collect data in remote rural areas;
  • a Gravitometer Weight-reduction Intervention that will reduce the weight of an onboard gravitometer sufficiently to make it technically feasible to mount onto a gyrocopter;
  • developing the World’s Tallest Transportable Telecoms Mast – contained based system engineering a design of the world’s tallest transportable tower as well as finite element analysis and the automated tracking algorithm for the on-mast PCI board;
  • a Multi-frequency Communications System for Small Aircraft investigating and viability of a multi-frequency communications systems and global positioning system (“GPS”) replacement as well as testing triangulation data collection systems based on helikite with auto adjustment on line-of-sight for bi-directional antennae;
  • a Safety system enhancement with integrated onboard LiDAR developing a LiDAR system that is able to acquire data up to 100 meters to create point clouds;
  • a Safety system enhancement with Unity Software Platform which will involve drone-based acquisition of 3D simulation source data – integrating photogrammetry with LiDAR with the addition of high-resolution photogrammetry cameras to create an up-to-date location for low flying flight plans for the gyrocopter to collect better quality data;
  • a Decimetre accuracy localised relative positioning system that involves developing a transportable relative 4D locationing system that can integrate into the above communications giving centimetre accurate locationing without needing GPS;
  • a new method of acquiring gravity data using quantum gravity performing a technical feasibility study into the notion of quantum gravity;
  • a Safety system enhancement using flight simulators developing a hardware-based flight simulator using above software for the gyrocopter;
  • a Safety system enhancement integrating a ground warning system developing a safety system enhancement through the adaptation of a telecoms network operating centre enabling the ground team to monitor and forewarn the pilot of hazards;
  • airborne atomic dialectic resonance data collection by working with the inventor to adapt atomic dialectic resonance airborne sensors for the gyrocopter;
  • a 300 Megabit per second TV White Space directional antenna and transmission system;
  • a low-cost end user device TV white space transmitter adapting existing technology to create a low-cost end user device which acts as TV White Space transmitter for long distance data dissemination for passive seismic geophones.

These technology projects will enable ANE to complete a wider programme that will incorporate the following key activities for both ANE’s Namibia Concessions and AEI’s potential South African exploration areas.

  • Find the correct locations for application for TCP license and their conversion from TCP to full Exploration Licences;
  • Remote Sensing work under the TCP desktop study phase as well as other remote sensing activities once converted to full Exploration Licences;
  • Highly structured and comprehensive airborne survey data collection and analysis;
  • Deployment of a grid of Passive Seismic seismometers to gather seismic data at a fraction of the cost of traditional 3D seismic;
  • Seismoelectrics and Tellurics;
  • Multi-client regional calibration activities utilising data collected across all 6 concession areas, as well as other data sources such as core samples and other geological data;
  • Geo-chemical Sampling across the concessions, incorporating a mixture of grid point and anomaly-based locations, as well as surface GeoChem and Gore-Sorber sampling (for identified key anomalies) and analysis of the results;
  • The consolidation of all exploration activity results across all concessions into a consolidated and calibrated results set that will enable the identification of the most promising drilling sites in order to increase the likelihood of a successful drilling outcome.
  • The undertaking of the actual exploration drilling at the identified locations.

The Work Programme is broken down into the following key phases, each of which will be specified and contracted out individually:

  • Remote Sensing
  • Exploration Licence conversion
  • Airborne Survey
  • Passive Seismic
  • Seismoelectrics and Tellurics
  • Regional Calibration
  • GeoChem Sampling
  • Exploration Results Consolidation
  • Exploration Drilling
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