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A new research project aims to design robots that can do the slow, messy, and costly job of removing old paint.
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory to build mobile robots that use lasers to remove paint from aircraft.
The plan calls for teams of robots to direct the laser beams at exactly the right angle so paint is removed, but the aircraft isn't damaged. A separate system will remove the debris so workers aren't exposed. The project aims to reduce costs and environmental risks.
The two-year project plans to build six robots and deploy them in teams to remove paint from aircraft at an Air Force base in Utah.