Fleet Space mineral scanning technology could be used on the Moon as early as 2025

  • Newly appointed Dr. Gerrit Olivier plans to deploy geophysical rovers on the moon by 2025
  • The company recently successfully tested ExoSphere on the Finniss Core Lithium project.
  • The IMF says we need US$13 trillion in critical minerals for the energy transition

Fleet Space Technologies has just appointed a Director of Planetary Geophysics.

Dr. Gerrit Olivier is the former Director and Head of Applied Geophysics at the Institute of Mining Seismology and Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Ore Deposits and Earth Sciences at the University of Tasmania, and is a pioneer in the use of methods based on in the ambient seismic noise. for use in the mineral and materials exploration industry.

Which is great, but now one of his roles is to search for critical minerals on the Moon and Mars.

“Fleet’s ExoSphere land exploration technology is already finding applications to make the search for critical energy transition minerals cheaper, faster and much more sustainable,” said co-founder Matt Pearson.

“As explorers of this planet and beyond, we must work with the best in their respective fields.

“Dr. Gerrit Olivier brings an extraordinary track record in developing environmental noise tomography techniques to answer the urgent global need to find these critical materials and dramatically reduce the impact.”

We need US$13 trillion of critical minerals

Dr. Olivier says that to achieve the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, “the International Monetary Fund states that we need to find $13 trillion (USD) worth of critical minerals for the energy transition.”

“To achieve this, we must discover many more mineral deposits in increasingly challenging environments,” he said.

“Fleet’s ExoSphere technology answers the urgent call to unlock the power of new exploration methods to search faster, cheaper and more sustainably below the surface.”

ExoSphere essentially offers detailed 3D velocity mapping of the subsurface in as little as four days using an array of geodes (satellite-linked seismic sensors).

Battery-powered Geodes use edge computing to analyze ambient seismic noise, which is sent via satellite for processing, then the data is rapidly processed in the cloud to provide a 3D visualization of the area and drive critical exploration decisions.

The next stop is the real Moon.

ExoSphere recently reported successful results of the trials in Lithium core (ASX:CXO) Finniss Project in the Northern Territory, and Fleet Space says it has signed clients in Australia and North America, with slots currently being filled for June/July 2023.

But the technology’s next stop is other planets, with Dr. Olivier leading the team that aims to deploy a geophysical device to the dark side of the Moon by 2025.

“Fleet has the goal of delivering a fleet of geophysical rovers to the Moon and Mars to scan the subsurface so that we can find the necessary resources for on-site utilization, which is necessary to establish a permanent presence on celestial bodies,” said the company. .

“We hope to deploy a fleet of devices to the Moon this decade, with a deployment to Mars in the next.

“Since discussions of colonizing the Moon and Mars feel less like science fiction and more like near-future plans, we’ll need to find the resources to build these sustainable colonies before deciding where to land.”

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