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Battelle Unveils Airplane Window Repair Robot; Steve Kelly Comments

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Battelle has unveiled a robotic system that is designed to fix airplane windows and is intended for use by the military.

The nonprofit organization also aims for the robot system to help reduce the required number of days to repair the windows from 10, Battelle announced Monday.

“Integrating two existing technologies into a novel approach is a hallmark of Battelle’s strategy for solving really difficult problems,” said Steve Kelly, President of Battelle’s national security division.

The system is based on the organization’s automated maintenance robot technology and a manual method of transparency restoration.

RCF Inc. founder Ray Fontana developed the method, where airplane windows are intended to be polished back to their original clarity.

Battelle said it worked with Fontana to develop a robot that works to refurbish the cockpit canopy of T-45A Goshawk, a tandem-seat jet trainer for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps pilots.

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