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The Flying Carpet: A Tool to Improve Ship Repair Efficiency



James S. Albus, Roger V. Bostelman, Frederick M. Proctor, William P. Shackleford, Alan M. Lytle


NIST is working directly with industry to improve repair and conversion operations of ships in dry dock. Similarly, this work allows transfer of technology to shipbuilding, aircraft maintenance, construction, and other industries requiring worker-access to large, external surfaces with minimum footprint and maximum system rigidity and control, while augmenting conventional suspended-scaffold systems and moving toward more autonomous large-scale manufacturing applications.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the American Society of Naval Engineers Symposium
Conference Dates
September 10-12, 2002
Conference Location
Bremerton, WA, USA
Conference Title
Society of Naval Engineers Symposium


cable controlled, large scale manufacturing, robotics, ship repair, worker-access


Albus, J. , Bostelman, R. , Proctor, F. , Shackleford, W. and Lytle, A. (2002), The Flying Carpet: A Tool to Improve Ship Repair Efficiency, Proceedings of the American Society of Naval Engineers Symposium, Bremerton, WA, USA, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created September 11, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021