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Easyjet develops flying robots to inspect aircraft - BBC News

Jack Cockinos | 07 June, 2014 | The Sphere Drones Blog

Drones Used to Assess Aircraft Damage

Easyjet is developing drones to inspect its fleet of Airbus aircraft and may introduce the flying maintenance robots as early as next year. The drones will be used to scan and assess Easyjet planes and report damage back to engineers. The flying robots are being developed by a team that includes experts from the University of Bristol. Easyjet is also developing virtual reality video technology. In addition, Easyjet wants apps to help with maintenance, and the airline is fitting "paperless plane" technology. Durable laptop computers will replace printed navigational charts in planes.

Laser scans - The drones are fitted with high-definition video cameras but can also use lasers to scan the outside of the aircraft, Easyjet head of engineering Ian Davies told the BBC.
Virtual reality - Easyjet is also hoping to use virtual reality to help sort out technical problems with planes that are a long way from its engineering team. Easyjet is planning to use hi-tech glasses to help spot where an aircraft needs repairs.


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