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£12M UK-Japan robotics deal

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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

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

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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

RACE demo IRTF project to ITER

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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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MASCOT in the IVTF, JET Culham

Updating JET’s remote handling system

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The Joint European Torus (JET) is the world’s largest and most powerful fusion research device. The JET design includes a bespoke system for remote maintenance. Its 12m long snake-like booms reach into the vacuum vessel, delivering cameras and tools that…

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VVPSS prototype remote maintenance strategy

New IRTF Animation

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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

National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics

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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

ITER Robotics Test Facility videos available

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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

The August RACE newsletter is now available

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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

ITER Hot Cell Industry Event

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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

Visit RACE to see CorteX live

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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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