GE, ICM Develop Wind Turbine Robot
Inspecting wind turbines is difficult at best as it involves photographing the problem through a telephoto lens. So GE's Global Research Center teamed with ICM and the result is a R/C wall climbing robot. With an HD cam attached to its back, it can climb up to 300 ft., take photos and send them back. Air is sucked out of the air between the turbinebot and the concrete, brick or metal surface it climbs, allowing the 30 lb. walker to hang on. A microwave device for looking inside blades is the next step.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 19, 2012 11:39 AM