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Porton Down September 1999 Porton Man - life size dummy wearing protective clothing

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Porton Down September 1999 Porton Man - life size dummy wearing protective clothing

Porton Down September 1999 Porton Man - life size dummy wearing protective clothing with arms and legs driven by pistons used to simulate soldier in battle conditions in Concrete Cell in Building 422 - the Chemical and Biological Defence Unit at Porton Down Research Establishment Wiltshire - clothing is worn by a robot who then runs for hours on end in an atmosphere of nerve gas and other deadly biological warfare chemicals

Alisdair MacDonald
Daily Mirror
Mirrorpix
Wiltshire
England

Media ID 21817493

© Mirrorpix

Laboratories Medical Research Scientist 1999


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Porton Down September 1999 - A Glimpse into the World of Chemical and Biological Warfare Research

EDITORS COMMENTS
. This print takes us back to Porton Down in September 1999, where cutting-edge research was being conducted at the Chemical and Biological Defence Unit. The focal point of this image is the life-size dummy known as "Porton Man" donned in protective clothing that shields against deadly nerve gas and other biological warfare chemicals. What makes this dummy truly remarkable is its ability to simulate a soldier's movements during battle conditions. Its arms and legs are driven by pistons, creating a lifelike representation of an individual navigating through hazardous environments. This groundbreaking technology allows researchers to study the effects of chemical agents on human-like subjects without endangering real lives. Within Building 422, located within the Ministry of Defence's Porton Down Laboratories on Salisbury Plain, scientists meticulously observe as this robotic soldier runs tirelessly for hours on end. It serves as an invaluable tool for testing various scenarios involving lethal substances, providing crucial data that aids in developing effective defense strategies. This photograph captures not only the advanced scientific endeavors taking place but also highlights the dedication and bravery exhibited by those working behind closed doors at Porton Down. Their tireless efforts contribute significantly to our understanding of chemical and biological warfare while safeguarding our nation from potential threats. Photographer Alisdair MacDonald has perfectly encapsulated a moment frozen in time—a testament to humanity's unwavering commitment to protecting ourselves against unseen dangers lurking within

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