May 17, 2020

Does the future of mining lie in outer space?

Space mining
Fircroft
Platinum
Iron ore
Dale Benton
1 min
Does the future of mining lie in outer space?
The mining industry is heading to the stars.

No really, Huston based spacecraft development company Deep Space Industries has partnered with the Luxemb...

The mining industry is heading to the stars.

No really, Huston based spacecraft development company Deep Space Industries has partnered with the Luxembourg Government to create and develop technology that will build a resource economy in space.

You can read our exclusive interview with Deep Space Industries in the August issue of Mining Global.

Fircroft, the global workforce solutions provider to the technical, engineering sectors, including mining, has put together a snazzy little infographic posing the question that Deep Space Industries, amongst others, are trying to answer – Does the future of mining lie in outer space?

“We feel that space mining will become a very important part of both the mining and space exploration industries in the not too distant future," says Fircroft.

We wanted to look into the possibilities that are causing such a seismic shift within the mining industry and how space mining efforts may dramatically reduce the cost of future space exploration.”

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Jun 18, 2021

Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant

Vale
Iron ore
Timbopeba
Autonomous trains
2 min
Vale’s Timbopeba iron ore plant will be able to resume operations near the Xingu dam through the use of autonomous trains

Brazilian miner Vale SA will be able to resume operations at its Timbopeba iron ore dry processing plant in up to two months thanks to the use of an unmanned train, the company said in a statement this week.

Vale - Timbopeba iro ore plant

With the train, Timbopeba will be able to operate at least at 80% of its capacity of 33,000 tonnes of iron ore “fines” per day, reports Reuters.

Vale was forced to shut down the plant in the Alegria mine complex recently after labor authorities in Minas Gerais state banned activities close to the Xingu dam due to concerns of a risk of collapse.

Autonomous trains

Vale said access by workers and vehicles continues to be suspended in the flood zone of the dam due to the ban even though it remains at emergency level 2, which means there no imminent risk of rupture.

But some workers are allowed entry under strict security precautions and they will get the unmanned train going once it has been tested, which would take between one and two months, the company said.

The unmanned train will travel automatically along 16 kilometers (10 miles) of track operated by a system that can control the speed and activate the brakes, Vale said.

Vale announces first ore at Voisey’s Bay mine extension

Vale has reached the milestone of first ore production at the Reid Brook deposit at the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project in Northern Labrador, Canada - recognised as the safest mine in Canada.

Vale Timbopeba

 

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