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Rupert Resources Uses Exyn Technologies’ Autonomous Drones to Explore Historic Finland Mine

World’s first industrial-grade autonomous drones provide a safe, efficient way to explore otherwise inaccessible areas for mining operations—mapping 30 stopes in just 3 days.

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA AND TORONTO, CANADA — MARCH 2, 2020 — Exyn Technologies (https://www.exyn.com), a pioneer in autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied industrial environments, today announced a successful mission in partnership with Rupert Resources (https://rupertresources.com/), a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company. By harnessing Exyn’s autonomous drones, Rupert Resources was able to produce highly detailed 3D models of a historic gold mine in Central Lapland of Northern Finland, which are otherwise completely inaccessible to traditional CMS tools or even manually piloted drones.

Rupert Resources (TSX: RUP) needed to plan for a potential restart of operations by estimating tonnage previously removed from the mine, as well as calculating the remaining ore in heavily restricted areas. Exyn’s fully autonomous aerial robots mapped 30 stopes in three days with a single drone. In addition, Exyn mounted a version of its robot to a car to scan all access drifts which, together with the stope maps, provided a complete mine map in under four days.

“Rupert is actively seeking new technologies where we think big gains can be made in terms of safety, productivity, and accuracy,” said Jukka Nieminen, Managing Director of Rupert Finland. “Exyn achieved accurate assessment of the volume of remaining stopes at Pahtavaara with an unprecedented level of detail, and obviously the use of remote technologies means that this was achieved with a greatly reduced degree of risk. We have no hesitation in recommending this technology.”

External view of the data gathered from inside the narrow stope.

Exyn’s autonomous drones are built on the exynAI™ platform, enabling aerial robots to fly intelligently without a human pilot using a multitude of high-tech sensors and AI-based software. The system operates without the need for GPS or external communications, and is deployed as an all-in-one software and hardware package.

“Our mission with Rupert presented some of the most difficult and seemingly impossible challenges to navigating, analyzing, and assessing a mine–which therefore makes it exemplary in demonstrating the heights of Exyn’s capabilities. Our AI-based software and state-of-the-art sensors were able to get the job done quickly and safely, proving once again that no exploration task is impossible for Exyn drones,” Raffi Jabrayan, Director of Markets & Industries, Exyn Technologies.

To learn more about Rupert Resources, visit https://rupertresources.com/.

To learn more about Exyn Technology, visit www.exyn.com.

To learn more about Exyn for mining operations, click here.

About Exyn Technologies

Exyn Technologies is pioneering autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied environments. The company’s full-stack solution enables flexible deployment of single or multi-robots that can intelligently navigate and dynamically adapt to complex environments in real-time. For the first time, industries like mining, logistics, and construction can benefit from a single, integrated solution to capture critical and time-sensitive data in a safer, more affordable, and more efficient way. Exyn is powered by a team of experts in autonomous systems, robotics, and industrial engineering, and is a spin-off of Penn’s world-renowned GRASP Laboratory. The company is VC-backed and privately held, with headquarters in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.exyn.com.

About Rupert Resources

Rupert is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company that is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “RUP”. The Company owns the Pahtavaara gold mine, mill and exploration permits and concessions located in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt in Northern Finland (“Pahtavaara”). Pahtavaara has an Inferred mineral resource at a 1.5 g/t Au cut-off grade of 4.6 Mt at a grade of 3.2 g/t Au (474 koz) (see the technical report entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report: Pahtavaara Project, Finland” with an effective date of April 16, 2018, prepared by Brian Wolfe, Principal Consultant, International Resource Solutions Pty Ltd., an independent qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). The Company also holds a 100% interest in two properties in Central Finland – Hirsikangas and Osikonmaki; the Gold Centre property, which consists of mineral claims located in the Balmer Township, Red Lake, Ontario; and the Surf Inlet Property in British Columbia.

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