I, R-Robot

Robotics in engine maintenance is a developing discipline. Bernie Baldwin reports on a research team that has already come up with scores of innovative solutions, with many more in the pipeline.

Fans of TV hospital dramas are used to watching a leading character perform keyhole surgery on a patient, in the full knowledge that such technology is exactly what is used in real hospitals. It may seem a strange analogy, but that same concept is now being brought to the inspection and even repair of aero engines. Moreover, such work may even be carried out from thousands of miles away.

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