CSIRO drone spin-out raises cash

AUTONOMOUS drone company Emesent has raised A$3.5 million in funding to commercialise its first product, Hovermap.

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The Emesent team

Queensland-based Emesent is a spin-out from CSIRO's technology arm, Data61.

Main Sequence Ventures, which manages the CSIRO Innovation Fund, led the funding round, along with long-time Bechtel mining executive Andy Greig.

Emesent's world-leading Hovermap technology automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passes in mines.

Drones installed with Hovermap can be deployed in GPS-denied environments without a human controller to create 3D maps, and record gas readings, videos and images. 

Hovermap draws on a decade of research by CSIRO's Robotics and Autonomous Systems group into drone autonomy and 3D LiDAR-based simultaneous localisation and mappin...

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