news    views    talk    learn    |    about    contribute     republish     crowdfunding     archives     calls/events
Robohub is an online platform that brings together leading communicators in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from around the world.
1.1M£ robotic “Porton Man” to test protective clothing for UK’s armed forces
April 7, 2014

Porton-Man---cropped
UK’s Ministry of Defense invested 1.1M GBP in a new robotic mannequin that will test protective suits and equipment for the UK’s armed forces. The project is named “Porton Man” and is able to emulate the movements of a soldier (march, sit, kneel and pose). It is equipped with more than a hundred sensors that monitor in real-time the performance of the tested article.

This animatronic mannequin is designed by i-bodi Technology for Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), based in Porton Down in Wiltshire (hence the name). Its frame is made from CFRP parts, and in addition to the realistic movement emulation, it will be used to test equipment in extreme risk environments. The DSTL is the only laboratory in the world that can use chemical warfare agents to assess the effectiveness of complete clothing systems such as the chemical, biological and radiological suits used by UK Armed Forces.

Press release from UK MoD
Press release from Dstl

1956905_10152334085734885_5362528798753433553_o
1401528_10152360504029393_3039517513933889060_o

(via Royal Air Force / UK Armed Forces facebook page )

 

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in:

See all the latest robotics news on Robohub, or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Posted by

permalink republishing guidelines

Recent Related Posts

comments powered by Disqus