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

miércoles, 3 de agosto de 2016

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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