Phase 3 IIND, 28th November 2019
We were delighted to receive the news that Wood PLC are through to Phase 3 of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority/Innovate UK/Sellafield Ltd 'Integrated Innovation in Nuclear Decommissioning competition'.
In Phase 2 we combined our X2 vehicle, Marionette control system and electrical/mechanical engineering expertise to deliver a core component of the system. We've been grateful to the Wood team for all their support and hard work in getting the project this far and we look forward to continuing to work together on this exciting venture.
The full announcement is available here.
DCE to sub-contract on key British Army Autonomy Experiment - 30th September 2019
The UK MOD Defence And Security Accelerator (DASA) has funded six demonstrations of semi-autonomous “wingman” platforms to understand how such platforms can be run and exploited by vehicle and helicopter crews, forming a Man-Unmanned Team (MUM-T).
DCE are delighted to be working with SCISYS to integrate our Marionette Universal Control System and an uprated X2 vehicle in to SCISYS's market leading Generic Vehicle Architecture solution. This will allow control of the vehicle from a single display whilst and will further the understanding of how to minimise the work required by the operator (known as cognitive burden), while maximising the utility of the wingman.
For more information see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/army-boosts-uk-prosperity-with-3m-funding-through-dasa-autonomous-competition
Tag der Infanterie, 11th July 2019.
Tag der Infantrie, July 2019
Thanks to Precision Technic Defence for hosting us (via HIPPO Multipower) at Tag der Infantrie in Hammelburg, Germany last week. A great opportunity to demonstrate our Marionette control system flawlessly controlling the HIPPO-X ATSV in challenging weather conditions!
Demonstration to the Secretary of State for Defence, 24th May 2019
DCE spent a very interesting morning on Salisbury Plain with a range of other companies who are working on defence related concepts. We were demonstrating our X2 UGV to Penny Mordaunt, SoS for Defence and spent a useful few minutes discussing with the Minister how the vehicle's Marionette control system can be applied to a range of other armoured platforms including Warrior. Our thanks to the Army for inviting us.
Attendance at the Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference in London, 22nd May 2019
We were pleased to attend the Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference in London where our consortium briefed those attending on Project MEPHITIS, part of the DASA "Don’t Blow It!" Competition.
The MEPHITIS team aims to safely eliminate chemical weapons in challenging environments. For the project a HIPPO Multipower ATSV has been equipped with a manipulator arm and is operated under remote control by DCE's Marionette system. The remote-controlled arm drills into the chemical weapon using Valent Applications Ltd's MIDAS system. The chemical agent is then pumped into a decontamination bag where it is neutralised using FAST-ACT, marketed in the UK and Europe by Specialist Response Solutions Ltd.
The MEPHITIS system can be deployed into the area of operation by helicopter, towed behind another vehicle or drive under its own power for up to 150 km. A single system can neutralise over 48 chemical shells or up to a tonne of chemical agent while minimising the exposure of human operators.