Sustainment Science and Technologies, Semi-Automated Manipulator System for Aircraft Operational Sustainment

Period of Performance: 03/18/1998 - 03/18/2000


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

General Lasertronics
830 Jury Ct. Suite 5
San Jose, CA 95112
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


LASERTRONICS, Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works, the Lockheed-Martin Automation Robotics organization from Missiles and Space and Acurex Enviromental Corp. will convert the Phase I functional specification into a design suitable for fabrication of the prototype Semi-Automated Manipulator System (Low-Slung Tele-Robotics System, or "LTS") for Aircraft Operational sustainment. The LTS will deploy workheads of the Flashjet (TM) Process, High Pressure Water Jet, Plastic Media Blast and laser depainting systems. If available at time of system test and evaluation, selected NDI sensors will also be evaluated. Preliminary testing will be conducted at the Skunk Works on an adjustable fuselage quarter-section, to provide an opportunity for debugging the system before testing against operational aircraft at the Robins AFB ALC. Use of the system will allow telepositioning of the end effectors under low-slung aircraft, and will remove maintenance workers from the hazardous under-fuselage enviroment. Successful operation of the LTS will enhance production flow times and personnel safety, while reducing overall maintenance costs. The LTS will function without significant change on either low-slung or conventional commercial or military aircraft.