Deployments

March 2020: VEGA at Dounreay

The RAIN Hub has successfully trialled a robot in an active deployment at the Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) nuclear reactor research facility, now in the process of decommissioning. 

Find out more information on our VEGA deployment here.

Winter 2019/2020: REMOTE INSPECTION WORKING GROUP TRIALS AT UKAEA FACILITY

As part of the RAIN project, the Remote Inspection Working Group (RIWG) has been developing a range of technologies to allow autonomous ground vehicles to characterise and monitor facilities that process and store waste from the nuclear industry. 

Find out more information on our VEGA deployment here.

May 2019: CARMA at the Legacy Alpha Laboratory, Sellafield

The CARMA platform underwent a series of inactive demonstrations for key stakeholders at our REEL facility in west Cumbria before completing an active demonstration at an alpha laboratory at the Sellafield site in May 2019. CARMA completed an autonomous survey of the area and successfully detected areas of known, fixed contamination. The platform demonstrated autonomous obstacle avoidance, demonstrating a more advanced level of autonomy than previously demonstrated in earlier CARMA deployments.

This is a Sellafield Ltd sponsored project.

Find out more information here.

November 2018: MallARD at Spent Fuel Pond, Finland

During the summer of 2018, the IAEA inspectors visited our REEL facility in west Cumbria and were trained how to use and troubleshoot the platform, before taking it to Vienna for a series of inactive field tests. In November 2018 the MallARD was deployed in a spent nuclear fuel pool at a nuclear power plant in Finland. MallARD was deployed in two storage pools and functioned as specified and without fault in both environments. 

Find out more information here.

March 2018: MIRRAX at FGRP, Sellafield

The MIRRAX robot was deployed in an active cell at the First Generation Reprocessing Plant, FGRP on the Sellafield site in March 2018. The robot was tethered, teleoperated and operator did not have line-of-sight for the duration of the deployment. 

This is a Sellafield Ltd sponsored project.

Find out more information here.

February 2018: AVEXIS™ at JSI TRIGA II Reactor, Slovenia

In February 2018, researchers visited the JSI TRIGA II reactor in Slovenia with the AVEXIS™ ROV. Whilst here the AVEXIS™ was operated inside of the reactor, manoeuvring through the water column and around fixtures giving operators visual feedback on features at the bottom of the reactor. Radiation hardness tests were performed to determine the limit of the CeBr3 detector operation within a radiation environment. It was found that the detector remained operation up to 15 Gy/hr.

Find out more information here.