Yes, we’re are talking about “that” Rolls-Royce. The company has teamed up Harvard University where the Research Fellows have come up with these tiny “Swarm” robots that could be used to revolutionise the engine maintenance in future.
Currently, the prototype robots weigh 1.5 grams each and measures around 4.5 cm. The goal is to further scale it down to 10 mm in diameter which would be deposited in the centre of an engine via a “snake” robot and would then perform a visual inspection of hard to reach areas by crawling through the engine.
As you would expect, these robots would carry small cameras that provide a live video feed back to the operator allowing them to complete a rapid visual inspection of the engine without having to remove it from the aircraft.
Rolls-Royce said that these micro robots have the potential to offer significant benefits for customers by reducing the cost of engine maintenance, increasing the availability of an engine and ensuring that the maintenance is completed as quickly as possible.