Introducing RocketDNA's xBot: The Future of Autonomous Drone Data Capture

July 1, 2024

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The drone data services industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years, with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) changing how we capture and analyse data. Despite the advancements, traditional drone operations still rely heavily on human pilots and manual flying, limiting efficiency and scalability.

As the demand for accurate and timely data continues to soar, the need for automated solutions has never been more pressing. The industry is ripe for advanced solutions, and RocketDNA is at the forefront of the charge with the introduction of the xBot, our game-changing autonomous drone data capture solution. The xBot combines cutting-edge AI, advanced sensors, and real-time data processing to deliver fast, accurate, cost-effective data capture. The RocketDNA xBot solution is positioned to transform the mining industry, enabling unprecedented levels of efficiency, precision, and reliability. 

Challenges of Traditional Drone Data Capture

Conducting traditional drone data capture can be challenging, time-consuming and labour-intensive, particularly in very remote regions of the country, like mine sites. Traditional methods usually involve the following:

  • Manually operating drones,
  • Manual data collection
  • Manual data processing

Every step of human involvement allows variables and errors to creep into the process, affecting the accuracy of the resulting data, and manual processing can be a time-consuming task for those needing to focus on their core roles on a mine site or farm. The limitations are evident, and the industry is ready for change and modernisation. Traditional drone data capture can limit access to hazardous or hard-to-reach areas, resulting in safety issues and inconsistencies in data quality and accuracy. The manual process is prone to human error, leading to costly rework and project delays.

The need for advanced aerial solutions is clear. Automated data capture can remodel the way companies collect and process data, streamlining workflow and enhancing the overall quality of your drone inspection services. 

Introducing RocketDNA's xBot

RocketDNA's xBot solutions bring modern technology to drone survey operations. As a leading drone data services company, RocketDNA has developed the xBot to cater to specific industry needs and transform drone aerial data capture and surveys. 

The xBot is designed to provide autonomous drone data capture, enabling high-quality data collection with precision and speed. With sophisticated AI integration, the xBot streamlines data delivery to your databases and portals, providing real-time insights for better decision-making.

The xBot’s advanced features help overcome traditional data capturing challenges, ensuring accurate and reliable data collection. RocketDNA has 3 main products in the xBot or “Drone In A Box” solutions:

  • SurveyBot. Geared for autonomous surveying and modelling.
  • PatrolBot. Tailored for autonomous perimeter surveillance and monitoring.
  • InspectBot. Targeted at remote video, photo, and thermal inspection operations.

These solutions provide advanced efficiency, accuracy, and scalability, making them the perfect solution for agriculture, mining, construction, and energy industries. xBot solutions can result in a significant reduction in operational costs, improved data quality, and enhanced project timelines.

RocketDNA SurveyBot, Western Australia

How xBot Revolutionizes Autonomous Drone Data Capture

By harnessing the power of AI and advanced sensor technology, the xBot conducts autonomous drone data capture with fully autonomous flight planning and mission execution; streamlining your workflow and allowing teams to focus on high-priority tasks.

Advanced data collection methods, such as photogrammetry and LiDAR, guarantee accurate and reliable data, while integration with RocketDNA's proprietary software enables seamless data processing and analysis. This means you can make informed decisions faster, with confidence in your data.

xBot's autonomous drone data capture also enables you to conduct frequent, high-resolution surveys, allowing you to track changes and identify patterns over time. With drone LiDAR surveying, you can collect detailed topographic data, while photogrammetry enables you to create detailed 3D models.

Applications of xBot in Various Industries

From monitoring mining and quarrying operations to optimising construction progress and security management, xBot's autonomous drone data capture can transform how data is collected and analysed, driving innovation in these fields.

1. Mining

In the mining and quarrying industries, xBot's autonomous drone surveys are improving site management. This technology allows companies to monitor stockpiles accurately, improve compliance with safety regulations, and streamline operations.

Autonomous drone surveying promotes the efficient gathering of data on stockpile volumes, composition, and condition. This ensures precise inventory management and reduces manual measurement errors.

xBot's LiDAR technology enables high-accuracy aerial mapping and provides detailed topographic models. This helps identify potential safety hazards and optimise mining operations.

Drone data capture also enables monitoring of site progress, tracking material movement, and ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements. By implementing xBot's autonomous drone surveys, companies can enhance site safety, reduce operational costs, and improve decision-making with real-time data insights.

xBot solutions can transform your mining and operations, opening up new levels of efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

2. Security and Surveillance

xBot's autonomous drone data capture can enhance security and surveillance operations across various industries. This allows for proactive measures to prevent unauthorised access and ensure the safety of personnel and assets.

The xBot’s data capture abilities y provide high-resolution maps and detailed insights into secure areas. This enables data-driven decisions, optimising resources, and minimising risks. The real-time monitoring capabilities promote accurate threat assessments, security planning, and informed decisions about resource allocation.

xBot's autonomous data capture enhances security operations by reducing the need for physical patrols and minimising the carbon footprint of security operations. The system's AI threat detection capabilities can detect vehicles and people on route, alerting operators and response teams​​.

3. Asset Inspection and Construction Monitoring 

Our xBot can efficiently monitor and track asset conditions and construction progress, enabling efforts to focus on maintaining infrastructure integrity and ensuring project timelines. xBot solutions can accurately identify areas of concern and prioritise inspection efforts.  

xBot provides high-resolution imagery, allowing for detailed asset inspection and monitoring of construction sites. The advanced sensors and AI-powered analytics used in xBot enable maintenance teams to understand and address potential issues before they escalate​​.  

Construction monitoring is also simplified with xBot, as it can detect and track progress, enabling timely interventions and ensuring adherence to project schedules. Human presence in potentially hazardous construction areas can be minimised to reduce risk, while sophisticated monitoring ensures project quality and safety​​.

Case Studies: xBot in Action

Real-world examples of our xBot's successful implementation highlight the transformative power of autonomous, AI-driven drone surveys. RocketDNA's trial of the DJI Dock2 with the M3D drone at an open pit gold mining operation in Western Australia demonstrates this power in the mining sector. The trial showcased xBot's ability to conduct routine missions autonomously, capturing consistent, high-quality data without significant human intervention. This capability allowed companies to detect potential hazards accurately, ensuring worker safety and preventing catastrophic failures.

For instance, xBot's aerial drone services enabled daily stockpile surveys and open pit monitoring, providing volumetric and topographic data essential for mine planning and safety compliance. The automated data capture process reduced the reliance on on-site personnel, freeing up valuable technical staff to focus on data analysis and decision-making. The system's reliable performance in harsh environmental conditions, including dust, heat, and high rainfall, underscored its suitability for mining applications.

In the construction industry, xBot's drone mapping services have similarly streamlined project monitoring, reducing timelines and costs. The DJI Dock2's ability to perform pre-and post-blast surveys, generate up-to-date imagery for planning purposes, and conduct detailed inspections with high-resolution cameras has proven invaluable. This has allowed companies to make data-driven decisions backed by precise and reliable insights, optimising operations, minimising risks, and maximising returns.

The advanced technology in RocketDNA's solutions provides tangible benefits across various industries, such as improved data quality, enhanced operational efficiency, and significant ROI. By leveraging xBot's autonomous capabilities, businesses can revolutionise their data capture and analysis processes, driving innovation and achieving new productivity and safety levels.

Advantages of xBot Over Traditional Methods

A key benefit of autonomous drone surveys is the drastic reduction of the time and costs associated with traditional methods while simultaneously improving the accuracy and consistency of the data. With xBot, you can experience the future of drone data capture, where efficiency, accuracy, and safety come together to revamp these aspects of your industry.

Here are just a few advantages of xBot over traditional methods:

  • Increased efficiency: Autonomous drone surveys reduce the time spent on surveys, allowing you to focus on higher-value tasks. With xBot, you can survey larger areas in a fraction of the time, increasing your productivity and efficiency.
  • Enhanced precision: xBot's advanced sensors and AI-powered software guarantee that your data is accurate and consistent, reducing the risk of human error.
  • Improved safety: By removing the need for human surveyors to access hazardous areas physically, xBot significantly minimises the risk of accidents and injuries, creating a safer work environment.

Integrating xBot with RocketDNA's Ecosystem

The seamless integration of xBot technology with RocketDNA's existing products and services maximises the full capabilities of drone surveying and mapping. With cloud-based data processing and storage, you can efficiently manage and analyse your data, making it easier to access and share data with teams on the ground to make data-driven decisions.

xBot's compatibility with industry-standard software and platforms guarantees a smooth integration into your existing workflows. Incorporating xBot with RocketDNA's existing ecosystem can save time and development costs in developing and implementing similar solutions independently. With autonomous drone data capture, you can gather accurate and reliable data, reducing the need for manual measurements and human error. By leveraging xBot's advanced capabilities, you can take your surveying and mapping operations to the next level, unlocking new possibilities for your business.

Getting Started with xBot

At RocketDNA, we like to be intimately involved in guiding our clients through product suitability assessment, system configuration, and implementation of any of our systems.  Our process includes:

  • Initial consultation. The initial consultation with our experts will determine the best xBot product suited to your needs.
  • System specification. System recommendations based on area size, data output, capture frequency, and environmental issues help determine the right system for the application.
  • Order and assembly. The chosen solution may take a little time to order and assemble, generally between 4 and 6 weeks.
  • On-site deployment and onboarding. Once the solution is ready, our team will guide you through on-site deployment and onboarding, setting up flight missions, installing the equipment, and client training on the system's use. This guarantees a seamless integration of operational triggers for automated operation.
  • Integration. We help with the custom development of operational triggers to facilitate the autonomous deployment of the system at your survey sites.  

Our experts will work closely with you to customise a solution that meets your unique requirements, ensuring a successful implementation of xBot into your workflow.

RocketDNA's xBot ready to be deployed to site

Why Choose RocketDNA and xBot?

Two decades of expertise in drone surveys and a relentless commitment to innovation have established RocketDNA as a leader in the industry. xBot is the go-to solution for autonomous drone surveys. You can trust that our team has the knowledge and experience to deliver high-quality results.

Here are just a few reasons why you should choose RocketDNA and xBot for your drone surveying needs:

  • Industry expertise: Our team has extensive experience in drone surveying, ensuring that you receive accurate and reliable results.
  • Commitment to innovation: We continuously invest in research and development to stay ahead of the curve and provide you with the latest technology and features.
  • Competitive advantages: xBot's autonomous drone surveys offer increased efficiency, reduced costs, and improved accuracy, giving you a competitive edge in your industry.


RocketDNA's xBot is an advanced solution for autonomous drone data capture across several industrial sectors. With AI technology and advanced sensors, xBot captures precise data with unprecedented speed and efficiency. As the demand for aerial insights continues to soar, xBot is ready to meet the challenge, empowering industries like construction, mining, and security to make data-driven decisions. Explore xBot solutions with RocketDNA to modernise your data capture methods and unlock new opportunities for growth and innovation.