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February 1, 2023

New Fleet Space Partnership Heralds First ExoSphere by Fleet® Deployment in Canada

Image shows 'a core sampling from hole 23'. Image Credit: Power Nickel

“Making the transition to clean energy is a worldwide priority, and locating new sources of high-grade nickel and other minerals is central to that effort. We’re proud to be part of this process, and to see our ExoSphere by Fleet® technology being deployed in more and more countries across the globe.

This new partnership with Power Nickel is our first in Canada and follows promising results achieved with ExoSphere by Fleet® on high-grade nickel exploration projects south of the border in Michigan and Minnesota. We’re particularly excited to be involved in the NISK project, which has the potential to be a true world leader in low-cost,low-impact nickel production.”

Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO & Co-Founder, Fleet Space Technologies

Fleet Space Partners with Power Nickel to Boost Nickel-Ore Deposit Discovery

Fleet Space Technologies is pleased to announce a new partnership with Canadian metal exploration company, Power Nickel. The company, which specialises in exploration of high-potential nickel, copper, gold and other battery metal prospects in Canada and Chile, will use Fleet Space’s ExoSphere by Fleet® technology to seek additional high-grade nickel ore deposits at its NISK site in Quebec, Canada.

ExoSphere by Fleet® consists of highly portable sensors called Geodes, which uses Ambient Noise Tomography (ANT) to collect subsurface data. This data is beamed to Fleet’s satellite constellation of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, then relayed to computers that use intelligent processing to generate detailed 3D subsurface maps.

The combination of Geodes and satellite connectivity allows small teams to map vast amounts of land accurately and with little to no environmental disturbance. Plus, unlike traditional prospecting methods, which can take years to complete, the whole process takes as little as four days.

Power Nickel plans to deploy ExoSphere byFleet® at its flagship NISK project to find additional high-grade nickel deposits, which generally take the form of ‘pods’. By improving the accuracy of both deposit location and subsequent drilling, ExoSphere by Fleet® can help decrease land disturbance in the exploration stage.

A Cost-Effective Way to Source High-Grade Nickel 

Power Nickel believes NISK’s shallow mineral depth, established infrastructure and proximity to a hydropower source could make it one of the world’s most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly sources of high-grade nickel.

Indonesia’s recent ban on nickel exports underlines Canada’s urgent need to become more self-sufficient to support the growing demand for nickel batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) and other clean energy applications.

A Promising Partnership

Commenting on the partnership, Terry Lynch, CEO of Power Nickel, said:

“Fleet Space Technologies has already successfully used this technology in Australia and now in Minnesota. By using this advanced seismic tomography approach in combination with our in-house methods, we hope to increase our chances of finding more nickel ore pods at a faster rate.

The two main advantages this technology offers is that we can now explore our 45-square kilometer land package in a fraction of the time we need using traditional ground-based methods. The second advantage is that with this data we can drill less meters, but with increased impact. Use of this technology aligns well with our goal of making nickel mining cleaner, faster and more environment friendly right from the exploration phase.”

Fleet Space founder Flavia Tata Nardini said:

“We’re delighted to see ExoSphere by Fleet® deployed in Canada for the first time, building on our success in the US and elsewhere around the world.

As well as great technology and commercial partnership, this is a real meeting of minds. We both understand the urgent need to accelerate the discovery process for these vital minerals; but we’re also equally committed to minimising its environmental impact.

Power Nickel is precisely the kind of forward-thinking, responsible enterprise ExoSphere by Fleet® was designed for: it’s great to be working with them on this project.”

Check out our Mineral Exploration page to learn more about ExoSphere by Fleet® and our technology.

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