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IAI to develop a Handheld Defect Inspection System for Low Observable Aircraft.

A major cost in maintaining Low Observable (LO) aircraft is the inspection and repair of the Outer Mold Line (OML) coating system. Airmen survey the entire OML to detect defects. If any damage is found, the defects are traced onto transparent sheets. The size of defect and its position relative to surface features are recorded into an aircraft maintenance system. IAI will develop AUTO-SCAN/XT, an automated inspection tool that will significantly reduce inspection times, improve inspection accuracy, and reduce errors in the inspection process. Combining optical inspection and robotic localization technologies, AUTO-SCAN/XT will allow a user to characterize a defect and record its location with the press of a button. This information will be uploaded to signature assessment systems. IAI will leverage its existing characterization and localization technologies to demonstrate the feasibility of applying it to an aircraft OML inspection system using a demonstration prototype.

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Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Leveraging agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio, IAI excels in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems. For more information on IAI, please visit

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