The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory/DVIDS has released a short video of the Adaptive Radome Diagnostic System (ARDS) – the first use of a collaborative mobile robot in Air Force maintenance depots.
The ARDS was developed by Compass Technology Group (CTG) and Aerobotix under the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The project won the top Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award at the 2021 Defense Manufacturing Conference.
The ARDS is a fully autonomous mobile collaborative robotic system that maps the local electromagnetic response of JSTARS radomes using an Advanced Microwave Mapping Probe (AMMP) RF sensor to indicate mechanical defects on the radome, such as delaminations, excess adhesive resin and waterlogging.
Video credit: Air Force Research Laboratory/DVIDS
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