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AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC AIRSHIP INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR LARGE-SCALE TANK INTERIORS

Designing intrinsically safe robotic inspection systems used for unmanned navigation and inspection of large tanks with hazardous and explosive atmosphere is challenging. The disclosed methods and devices provide solutions to overcome such challenge. Intrinsically safe devices and methods using a combination of a lighter-than-air blimp with various intrinsically safe subsystems attached to the blimp are presented.
Inventors: 

Matthew GILDNER

Donald F . RUFFATTO

Sophia MITCHELL

Oktay ARSLAN

Joshua Vander HOOK

Jolly JAMES

Robert Kwan Meng SEAH

Nick MARKOV

Patent Number: 
US2018088592
Patent Issue Date: 
April 29, 2018
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