AI inspection droneDevelopment of an autonomous drone in co-operation with Lufthansa, IBM, HSU and TUM for the AI-supported damage detection on aeroplane surfaces
- Duration: 01 Jan. 2018 to 31 Mar. 2022
- Funded by: Aircraft research programme (“LuFo”) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
- Project partner(s): IBM, Lufthansa Technik, Technical University of Munich, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg
- Amount of funding: 623,000 EUR (share allocated for THWS)
Summary and project goals
The joint research project “AI inspection drone” in the context of the Aircraft research programme V has to goal to speed up Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul processes (MRO), making the MRO industry more competitive. The project is developing a safe system for damage detection and evaluation on external structures, taking into account the current maintenance requirements in the aerospace industry. An existing prototype integrates networked UAV, autonomous navigation and damage assessment, AI-based evaluation, and provides a Decision Support System, i. e. it can make decisions autonomously. The THWS research focal points are industry-specific end-to-end security, AI, safety, and especially securing mobile devices connected to the cloud or edge against cyber attacks.