SkunkWorks’ Spider-Robots Will Inspect LMH-1 Airship Envelope

miércoles, 3 de agosto de 2016

http://aviationweek.com/technology/skunkworks-robots-will-inspect-lmh-1-airship-envelope?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20160803_AW-05_628&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CPEN1000002242919&utm_campaign=6607&utm_medium=email&elq2=3def022a66594373ae1cb27dccb477ae


With about 80,000 ft² of envelope to inspect during assembly and maintenance,Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has developed a robot to scour the hull of its LMH-1 commercial heavy-lift hybrid airship for helium-leaking pinholes in the Vectran fiber.

Manual inspection of an airship hull requires crews working outside and inside the deflated envelope. The Skunk Works' autonomous Spider (Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluation and Repair) has inner and outer halves that magnetically couple through the airship envelope and traverse the inflated hull together.

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