A new kind of gravity gradiometry sensor has been developed with 10 fold bandwidth and 20 times more powerful than the current version of this technique. The sensor has ability yo locate an armored gold filled truck up to a depth of 20 meters under the ground. It senses the taget by sensing the bullion’s effect over the local gravity region. Lockheed Martin aims to create athe Full Tensor Gradiometry (FTG) Plus sensor prototype to sense natural resources from the aircraft owned and carried by Neos, Inc.
Jonathan Faiman, the chairman of Neos Inc. explains, “FTG Plus transforms what we can do and what we can see from the air. Remote sensing is going to dominate the exploration market, and with this sensor, Neos will have the most advanced in the world. It will enable us to image resources cleaner, quicker and at a lower cost to our customers.”
Instead of measuring mass acceleration due to gravity only along vertical dimension, the gravitational surveys get pushed to the higher level to locate natural resources more precisely by estimating the gravitational field across three dimensions. The FTG here uses multiple accelerometers that get employed in three planes for better measurements. FTG Plus’s lead designer, Gregory Paleolog, further adds, “The advances we will make here are extraordinary. One of the reasons is that in the past we and competitors had used military hardware, modified for geophysical survey purposes. FTG Plus is the first time Lockheed Martin has specifically built a sensor for our precise uses and needs. That is a fundamental change; it is entirely new design for us, and we have exclusive rights to use it.”
The company plans to employ FTG to its helicopters and airplanes. Better survey results will definitely improve the speed of resource location process and offer more accurate drilling locations. The higher-level surveying, group execution, and resource extraction planning wil get better and will help in recovery of more products. It will also provide the exploration teams with precise information from their new path shower- FTG.
Paleolog adds, “At a time so much marine seismic equipment is being cold stacked, we will be able to use nonseismic technology with a new sensor 20 times better than anything we have ever seen before. This means we will find more resources quicker and with more accuracy than ever before. It will be transformative.”
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