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£12M UK-Japan robotics deal

Britain and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. A world-leading alliance, it will see new robotics and automation techniques applied to both fusion research and to decommissioning…

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Rob Buckingham
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RACE’s Professor Rob Buckingham celebrated in New Year’s Honours list

The UK Atomic Energy Authority’s  Director of RACE, Professor Robert Buckingham, has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to robotic engineering. The full New Year Honours list for 2021 recognises the…

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IRTF Test Blanket Module
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RACE demo IRTF project to ITER

RACE has been running demonstrations of the latest IRTF project, IA5, to ITER via a live stream. Read about in the latest edition of the ITER Newsline. IA5 – Test Blanket Module IA5 demonstrates the feasibility of using remote handling…

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VVPSS prototype remote maintenance strategy
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New IRTF Animation

RACE’s latest animation shows the 4th IA in the IRTF programme – the VVPSS prototype remote maintenance strategy. VVPSS, the Vacuum Vessel Pressure Suppression System, allows operators to open a vacuum flange on a pipe, whilst maintaining containment. Two prototype…

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National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics
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National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics

The National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) is an EPSRC funded programme. It assists UK academia and industry to deliver ground-breaking, impactful research into the use of robotics and AI  in extreme environments, by providing opportunities to access…

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IRTF IA1 fitting arm
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ITER Robotics Test Facility videos available

The ITER Robotics Test Facility (IRTF), hosted at RACE, is a technical collaboration between ITER Organisation and UKAEA. The first Implementation Agreement (IA) was signed off in 2017 and there are now a number of completed, in progress and planned…

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RACE's Boston Dynamics Spot Dog Robot
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The August RACE newsletter is now available

In this newsletter we look back at what RACE has been doing over the past months. It has been an interesting time and where possible work has continued as normal. All of the activities listed were carried out in line…

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ITER Hot Cell
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ITER Hot Cell Industry Event

The ITER Hot Cell is vital to the success of what will be the world’s largest fusion reactor. Fulfilling the requirements, when they are released, will take a collaborative effort from large organisations, specialist SMEs and research institutes. In October…

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CorteX - Future-Proof Interoperable Robotics
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Visit RACE to see CorteX live

On 11th September RACE are offering the chance to see a live demonstration of CorteX at their facility in Culham, Oxfordshire. There will also be opportunities to discuss its future development, and potential for wider, non-fusion, applications, with RACE technical…

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ITER Robotics Test Facility IA5 TBM Delivery
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New ITER Robotics Test Facility project starts

RACE has received the equipment that will be used as part of the IRTF IA5 project. Slightly delayed due to the Covid-19 restrictions, IA5 will demonstrate the feasibility of using remote handling to manoeuvre a mock-up of the ITER Test…

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