Robotic riveting of an aircraft fuselage

Robotic riveting of an aircraft fuselage


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Aircraft construction. Technician using a control panel to monitor a robotic riveting machine as it constructs part of an aircraft fuselage (light yellow), in this case for an Airbus airliner. The fuselage is supported on a yellow frame as the automated riveter works on it from beneath. The technician watches the process on television screens. The fuselage is a monocoque ('single shell') design. The outer skin carries most of load imposed on the fuselage, rather than internal struts. This design reduces weight and allows the aircraft to be pressurised for high-altitude flight. Airbus aircraft are built by a consortium of European companies. Photographed in Germany.

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