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China uses helicopter to prospect for the first time

(People's Daily)

14:33, March 29, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

A helicopter has hovered over the Tongbai Mountain in Nanyang city, Henan province for several days, dragging a 45-meter long cable and a coil of five meters in diameter, which attracted many people.

According to sources, it is the towed bird helicopter airborne electromagnetic prospecting system developed by the National High-tech Research and Development Program of China, also called National 863 Program, prospecting mineral resources.

Chen Bin, senior engineer of China Aero Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Center for Land and Resources, said that their project team finally developed the first helicopter prospecting system independently in China after four years of efforts. The helicopter can make prospection for 300 meters underground, which filled the domestic blank and reached international standards of the same prospection system. Another engineer Yu Changchun said that the system is good at prospecting copper, iron and zinc mines.

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