When the planes Y helicopters they land, someone (or something) has to get them to the hangar. And it is that this work is currently already being carried out by robots. Mototok is a remote controlled robot that can transport and park large planes and helicopters, and will soon be fully independent.
Aircraft have been brought into the hangar for nearly a century by driving down the runway, from the cockpit, or by pulling them with a transport vehicle. The problem with this is that if you are looking at the road, the person automatically turns away from the plane and vice versa, and that can be a problem when transporting a 20 meter long vehicle down a narrow aisle or with quite a few planes.
A robot that is capable of parking airplanes and helicopters
This work used to be done by hand by airport staff. But for a few years now, it is a task that has been handed over to robots. Like many other things.
The Mototok robot is one of the most advanced and at the same time easy to operate electric aircraft parking robots. Though measures just over a square meter and does not rise 20 centimeters from the ground, it can move and park aircraft tens of meters long and weighing tens of tons. You can see it in action in the news opening video.
The aforementioned robot is distinguished by a quick coupling system that uses sensors that allow the front wheel of the machine to be placed on the robot and thus control the plane.
Another important element is its maneuverability. Can rotate 360 degrees in any direction and thanks to its small size it slides through any gap or under the frame. That allows to park the plane in corners or in the corner of the wings of another plane. Improves the use of the hangar by 160% compared to parking with means of transport.
There are dozens of Mototok models, but the most advanced ones, like the Spacer 200They can lift a 200,000 pound commercial airliner. They are currently remote controlled, but they are already working on autonomous versions.
The Mototok electric robot that parks planes and helicopters already used by dozens of airlines, including Iberia, and air forces from around the world.
This is what the inside of Hurricane Fiona looked like thanks to a robot
Saildrone Explorer SD 1078, a robotic surfboard, approached the heart of Hurricane Fiona on September 25 in Canada, in order to capture the best moments of the cyclone and obtain more data to investigate this phenomenon.
To do this, the robot had to master the powerful ocean motion of a hurricane observed in the Atlantic, which had a category 4 swell of up to 15 meters and winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour.
The NOAA (National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, its abbreviation in English) and saildronethe company responsible for the design and manufacture of unmanned navigation drones, decided to test with Hurricane Fiona the robot SD 1078 and the images, as you can see, were surprising and terrifying.
After obtaining this data, it has been possible to understand how the oceans transfer their heat and energy to these types of storms. Remember that ocean water masses above 26 degrees are an ideal incubator for hurricanes, and scientists still have a lot to learn about the factors that influence this.