Climbing Robots Used for Milk Tank Inspection Being Tested on Aircraft

Published by , May 30, 2016 2:37 am

(RNZ) Air New Zealand is trying out a climbing robot to inspect and photograph hard-to-reach surfaces on its aircraft. Invert Robotics originally designed the technology for the dairy industry to carry out remote-controlled inspections of milk storage tanks. The robot, which carries a camera, can identify defects not immediately visible to the human eye and beam back high-resolution footage in real time.
Air New Zealand chief operations officer Bruce Parton said inspections of the top of the fuselage were needed after incidents such as lightning strikes. Parton said using technology to identify defects not immediately visible to the human eye had the potential to make aircraft maintenance safer and more reliable.

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