robots and robotics applications of various types are becoming
more common place in many manufacturing processes creating
an increasing demand for robotics engineering and industrial
robot example here is one of the more challenging applications
- a robot that can crawl over the outside of an airplane
body while doing useful work without damaging the thin and
delicate skin of airplanes.
Mobile Aerospace Robotics
are several tasks that periodically need to be performed on the
outside of airplane bodies such as scuff sanding prior to painting
and inspection for cracks or corrosion as planes age. These tasks
are labor intensive, time consuming, and require careful handling
to avoid damaging the delicate outer aircraft surface.
challenge was to develop a mobile robot that could carry equipment
and travel over the outside of an airplane body without damaging
the skin of the plane.
mobile robot vehicle requirements were:
operator control by joystick.
on nonmagnetic and uneven surfaces.
on horizontal, vertical, or inverted surfaces.
Traverse and make turns on compound curved surfaces.
on-the-fly changes in speed of movement.
smoothly at the specified rate of speed.
a constant distance from the platform to the surface.
able to cross small gaps and steps.
without permanently deforming the skin.
no scratches or scuff marks.
an equipment load of up to 20 pounds.
result was a three axis, compound curved surface robotics
vehicle that can hold on horizontally, vertically, and inverted;
traverse seams and windows; and that does not scuff the surface
or permanently deform the skin even when making turns.
was part of the inventors team that developed the robot vehicle
and was responsible for developing the software for both the embedded
computers on the robot and the user interface software on the
PC used to control the robot.
information on this mobile
robot can be found at the Skywalker
Robotics web site.
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