Autonomous Airships for remote resource extraction.

The Problem

  • The world is running out of easily accessible mineral deposits.
  • Mining companies have only two choices: dig deeper at existing locations, or open new deposits in frontier areas.
  • Going deeper is very expensive, but frontier areas lack roads.
  • Constructing roads is uneconomic for small deposits, and too expensive to build to distant locations.
  • Land use approvals to build roads adds cost and delays access to mines.

The BASI Solution

BASI Autonomous Airship Transportation System:

  • Lower cost than building a gravel road.
  • Can operate 24/7.
  • Limited human risk factors and liability concerns.
  • Minimal environmental impact.
  • Greater flexibility to start or stop production or relocate to more profitable location.
  • Shorter lead time to begin mine production.


BASI autonomous airships

  • The airship can be programmed to operate autonomously because it only flies between fixed bases (BARTS).
  • Use of hydrogen gas for propulsion and lift eliminates all carbon emissions.

Supply chain using BASI Airship

  • A drone transportation system would minimize environmental impacts, and allow mining companies to open mines that would have taken years to develop.
  • Staff members stationed at each BART maximize safety during take-off and landing of the airship.
  • Ground operators act as load masters during loading and unloading. They refuel, ballast and inspect the airship on every mission. Everything happens on the BART.
  • A remote pilot can be used when many airships are operating from a single BART as there is a higher activity levels may require additional flight inputs.
  • In the event there is an airship on the terminal that cannot depart for some reason, the remote pilot will give the okay for the approaching airship to enter a holding pattern or land at an alternate BART
  • A remotely piloted cargo airship operates like a very large drone but is simpler in many ways as the airship only operates from prepared terminals. The BASI designed terminals are called BARTS.
  • Small drones with low carrying capacity are more for recreation and land anywhere. Heavy lift airships are large and operate only from prepared locations for specific purposes.

Rigid Airship Structural Design

Specification for BASI’s MB30T

Lifting Capacity: 30 tonnes
Overall Weight: 60 tonnes
Engine Power: 4 - 375kw motors
Dimensions: 170 meters long, 25 meters
Maximum Speed: 185 kmph
Cruise Speed: 150 kmph
Cruising altitude: 1,000 meters
Range: 800 km


BASI research

Smaller Airship Drones

ORBO unit was tested as a smaller scale drone designs for remote sensing and mineral exploration. Promising results were obtained.



Cold Weather Testing

Cold weather testing has revealed that rigid airship design is critical in Canada especially. A drop in temperature in a blimp design causes the vehicle to lose its aerodynamic properties. BASI has extensively researched materials and methods.


Benefits of BASI Transportation systems

  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Zero Emissions, carbon friendly.
  • Reusable infrastructure.
  • ow initial investment compared to traditional roads.
  • Nearly unique offering makes for minimal possible competition.
  • High upside profitability with large barriers to entry for competitors.



Business Model

3 year ramp up of development and airship manufacturing plan.

Year 1

  • Hangar Construction begins.
  • BART prototype components built.
  • Airship CAD drawings finalized.

Year 2

  • Hangar Construction completed.
  • BART prototype testing begins.
  • Airship prototype construction begins.

Year 3

  • Airship Prototype construction is completed.
  • BART certification and installation in remote locations.
  • Airship certification process begins.
  • Test flights begin.


Please reach out to the BASI team via our contact page for more information. We would be glad to provide more information on how BASI can build a transportation system to meet your needs.