The Ministry of Defence has invested £1.1m ina new state-of-the-art robotic mannequin that will test protective suits andequipment for the UK’s Armed Forces.
The “Porton Man”, named after the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, based in Porton Down in Wiltshire, is able to walk, march, run, sit, kneel and can even lift its arms to sight a weapon like an infantry soldier.
More than a hundred sensors all over the body record data during tests enabling scientists to carry out real-time analysis on equipment such as chemical and biological suits in a realistic but secure environment.
Mannequins have been used by Dstl in the past, but this animatronic version, which is designed and built by a British company, is unique to the UK.
The future of 800 jobs at the Health Protection Agency based in Wiltshire are under threat. The Salisbury MP, John Glen, is campaigning to keep jobs in Wiltshire.
A new Science Park is to be built at Porton Down creating thousands of jobs. Wiltshire Council has announced it has secured £10 million of government funding for the project.
The park will provide state of the art facilities for research and science companies and create more than 2,000 jobs over a ten year period.