Porton Man

The “Porton Man” was commissioned by The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), to accurately represent the military user. It is a state-of-the-art robotic mannequin designed for the testing of chemical and biological (CB) protective suits and equipment for the UK’s Armed Forces.

The Porton Man is computer controlled and when attached to its drive frame, can be made to walk, (At speeds of 0.5 m/s and 1 m/s) march, run, (At speeds between 2 m/s and 3 m/s) sit, kneel, climb stairs and lift its arms as if to sight a weapon just like an infantry soldier. More than a hundred sensors all over the body can record data during tests, enabling scientists to carry out real-time analysis.

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