01 January 2018 – 30 September 2021


UNDROMEDA is a milestone project within the current leap-frog developments towards the “invisible, zero-impact, intelligent, safe and fully autonomous” mine and enables facing the related challenges for future mining concerning social and environmental acceptance as well as economic efficiency. The autonomous platform and drone will significantly reduce the risk for underground personnel by replacing manual measurements. Automation will reduce time and costs for mapping and monitoring while advanced sensors and their integration will dramatically enhance the information density and quality.

The solution (technology)

The project aims to develop a robotic underground measurement system for autonomous 3D mapping and monitoring. The system is based on a wheel-driven platform which additionally carries a flying drone to approach difficult to access, or hazardous areas in underground environments reducing the risk for personnel by replacing manual measurements. It will strongly enhance the quality of information while significantly reduce time expenditure and costs.


  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (Lead partner)
  • Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden
  • Caterpillar Global Mining Europe GmbH, Germany
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  • Indurad GmbH, Germany
  • Inkonova AB, Sweden
  • LKAB Minerals AB, Sweden
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden
  • Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Germany
  • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany