Flying Robots Replace Oil Roughnecks

Drones are taking off in the oil industry, especially in dangerous offshore work

Can Flying Robots Replace Oil Roughnecks?

Oil rig inspection is a dangerous business. Traditionally roughnecks dangled from a wire, in gale-force winds if needed, to manually log wear and tear on the girders. Assessments include giant chimneys — called flare stacks — that belch fire during million-dollar-a-day shutdowns.

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