QinetiQ North America Robots Advance to Fukushima Nuclear Emergency Site

QinetiQ North America today announced that its robots and unmanned vehicles are being sent forward into the Fukushima nuclear reactor site.

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We believe unmanned systems, such as those we have sent to Japan, can play a critical role in dealing with natural disasters by speeding clean-up efforts without putting lives at risk.

Reston, VA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011

QinetiQ North America today announced that its robots and unmanned vehicles are being sent forward into the Fukushima nuclear reactor site. The company’s robotic support team has completed operator training in Japan for Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) employees.

On March 28, 2011, QinetiQ North America announced that the government of Japan accepted its offer to provide unmanned systems for their emergency response teams. Unmanned Bobcat loaders and first responder robots were staged in Japan to support emerging needs.

Since this announcement, QinetiQ North America has been training TEPCO employees to operate the equipment in preparation for deployment. The equipment includes the TALON robot, QinetiQ North America’s radiation-tested first responder robot, the Dragon Runner robot for missions in small spaces and Bobcat loaders fitted with QinetiQ North America’s robotic appliqué kit, which turn them into unmanned vehicles.

The unmanned Bobcat loaders can be used to move heavy debris, transport materials and conduct remote tasks such as excavation, route clearance, demolition and reconstruction. The TALON robot can navigate through rubble to map out radiation levels throughout the nuclear site and provide critical data to keep responders better informed. The TALON can also perform fine motor activities such as grasping, lifting and maneuvering to support a multitude of remote tasks, including holding fire hoses, turning valves and repairing systems. The Dragon Runner robot can be sent into spaces that are too small or too unstable for humans, such as drainage pipes and piles of debris.

“After joining our QinetiQ North America team in Tokyo for the past week, I am so impressed with the spirit of the Japanese people as they tackle this difficult recovery effort,” said QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group President JD Crouch. “We believe unmanned systems, such as those we have sent to Japan, can play a critical role in dealing with natural disasters by speeding clean-up efforts without putting lives at risk.”

The March 28, 2011, announcement, including more details on QinetiQ North America’s robots and the unmanned Bobcat systems, is available online at http://www.qinetiq-na.com.

QinetiQ North America is a world leader in robotic technology solutions that save lives in defense, security and first responder environments.

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About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on US government and commercial customers. More than 6,000 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, QinetiQ North America had annual revenues of more than $1 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2010. QinetiQ North America is part of QinetiQ Group PLC (LSE:QQ). For more information, please visit http://www.QinetiQ-NA.com.

Contact:
Jennifer Pickett
QinetiQ North America
Technology Solutions Group
703.480.0715 (m) 703.217.7781
Jennifer(dot)Pickett(at)QinetiQ-NA(dot)com

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