Remotely-operated rescue robot

Published:  20 July, 2021

A remotely-operated rescue robot built to help with disaster recovery in hazardous industrial environments has been developed by a pioneering firm.

FORTH, based in the UK, has developed the rescue robot for Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria.

In the event of an incident the robot can be sent in remotely and operated at a safe distance from a command and control centre.

The robot is built on a 1.6 tonne JCB compact excavator platform, specially adapted to withstand conditions in hazardous environments, and fitted with robotics systems and wireless technology as well as specialist cameras and lights.

The robot has the ability to tow a trailer with a fitted hopper that can disperse a bund of sand to contain any type of spillage.

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