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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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NNUF Video

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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ITER reviewing the IRTF work carried out by RACE in k3. Could we get a picture of Mickael showing ITER people the work which has taken place? (IRTF is cutting and welding work)

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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August RACE newsletter

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

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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IA5 IRFT TBM

New ITER Robotics Test Facility project starts

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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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CorteX

CorteX – Remote control of TARM

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CorteX, RACE’s in-house robotics control platform, is built around a self-describing protocol which contains both the data in the system and supporting meta-data. The structure of the data is similar to that found in other robot control platforms, such as…

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SPOT Robots

RACE puts SPOT through its paces

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RACE has acquired two of Boston Dynamics’ SPOT robots. We talk with Oliver Huke, the RACE Robotics Test Facilities Manager, about the new arrivals. When did the SPOTs arrive? They arrived in June, although with the Covid restrictions it has…

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ESS Active Cell

RACE begins next phase of ESS installation

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On Monday 29th June, the RACE team started the next phase of their installation work on the Active Cells – a radioactive waste processing facility being delivered by RACE as part of the UK’s contribution to the European Spallation Source.…

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