RAICo1 opens its doors to guests
It’s an exciting time for The University of Manchester’s Robotics for Extreme Environment Laboratory as they move into a brand-new facility, RAICo1. Located in Whitehaven, Cumbria, RAICo1 is a collaborative facility that has been set up as a partnership between The University of Manchester, UK Atomic Energy Authority, National Nuclear Laboratory and Sellafield Ltd. It will allow researchers from academia to work directly with robotics experts from industry to address nuclear decommissioning challenges.
The facility will host a range of mock-ups and robotic equipment that is available via the NNUF-Hot Robotics scheme such as submersible vehicles, underwater manipulators, and a large tank water that can be used for demonstrations and testing.
Copeland MP Trudy Harrison attended a preview of the RAICo1 facility on 25th March before an opening event on the 29th March (check out the video here). The event showcased the robotics technologies including ground and aquatic vehicles designed for monitoring and inspection tasks. Guests had the opportunity to meet researchers based on site as well as have a first look at key programmes including LongOps and Sellafield’s Risk Reduction of Glovebox Operations (RrOBO) project. Demonstrations of NNUF-HR’s Superdroid HD2 and Agile X Scout 2.0 were also showcased.
Later this year RAICo1 will open its doors officially and we look forward to welcoming you to our NNUF-HR open day on the 14th June.