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China’s first mining satellite has been launched

China's first mining satellite, developed in conjunction with XCMG Machinery has been successfully launched

The X-Band, sun-synchronous satellite is a co-orbit, multi-means remote sensing satellite constellation that combines SAR (synthetic aperture radar), optical and thermal infrared for high resolution scanning.

It will be applied in the fields of mine exploration and design, mining industry development, intelligent mine operation, geological disaster early warning, safe mining scheduling, mine site slope management, management of abandoned pits and green mine rehabilitation.

Chinese construction machinery manufacturer XCMG has been involved in the development of the satellite and will be one of its future users. The satellite will enable planning of personnel, vehicles and sites to for improved dispatching, command platform visualisation, and intelligent deployment, which will improve the safety level, reduce operation costs, and lower manual input. It will play a key role in constructing safe, intelligent, green and ecological mines, XCMG says.

XCMG mining worldwide

Working globally in the mining sector, XCMG’s 362-tonne electric hydraulic excavator XE4000E and a 235-tonne dual-bridge rigid mining truck XDE260 are working around the clock in an open-pit mine in Ecuador, tackling the challenges of heavy workloads in a high dust environment.

The XE4000E is equipped with the standard 22-metre rock bucket, that shovels 46 tonnes of ore each time, while the XDE260 is a high-efficiency transport vehicle for mega mines of over 9 million tonnes in scale.

The pair can complete the stripping, loading, and transportation of nearly 40,000 tonnes of ore every day.

In July, 15 units of XCMG excavators, including the XE490DK, 370CA and XE215C models, set off to work in one of Phu Bia Mining’s gold mines in Laos.

“Laos has abundant mineral resources and is very much in need of mining equipment from top heavy industry enterprises like XCMG,” a project leader from Phu Bia Mining says.

“The partnership is a good beginning for Phu Bia Mining to deploy XCMG equipment in our gold mines, and we hope we continue to deepen the cooperation and build a better future together.”

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