Korean Air has developed aircraft inspection technology that can examine airplane condition using drone swarms. The technology will be ready for commercial use in 2022.

The drones are one meter in width and height, and weight 5.5 kilograms. The airline’s drones, which are equipped with high performance cameras, can detect micro defects up to 1 mm in size.

In addition, drone swarms can speed up inspection of the aircraft. According to Korean Air, simultaneous drone usage reduces the aircraft inspection time from 10 hours to four hours and improves on-time operations. Aircraft fuselage can be examined by four drones simultaneously. Read more