Mecano Challenge s06e02
Titre original : Bomb Disposal
For the second test of the series, our teams must build 'remote-handling' machines that can complete a number of dextrous activities while the bodgers maintain a distance of 15 feet. Tasks include cutting down a wire fence, emptying brimming buckets of toxic waste and defusing bombs. Nothing major, then...
Cops and Bodgers
Andy Luchesa, Andy Stamp and Les Scott work for Hampshire Constabulary. The two Andys are police officers and Les, better known as 'Miss Marple', works as a scenes of crime officer. The Cops and Bodgers will have no problem solving our challenge and getting the best result. These cheeky coppers will be charging their way to the final and beating everyone in their path.
The Cops and Bodgers' technical consultant is Henk Altman. Henk is part of the remote-handling team at a futuristic nuclear-fusion lab in Oxford. The pressure vessel the fusion takes place in is such a hazardous environment that a �10million super-dexterous manipulator is needed to carry out maintenance inside.
Men in White (Coats)
Graham Young, Daren Chapman and Joe Ezuanyamike all work at Kingston University in Surrey. They live in their white lab coats. These bodging boffins love their job and often stay late to play on the flight simulator in their aerodynamic and automotive laboratories. At lunchtime they love to mess around with their remote-control cars. Watch out for this team, as they are full of crazy surprises.
The Men in White's technical consultant is Kevin Hunt. Kevin works for BNFL, designing remote-controlled machines to dismantle nuclear power stations. He has spent more than forty years working on remote-handling equipment for the nuclear industry, for underwater operations and for the particle accelerator project at CERN in Switzerland.
This week's expert is Shaun Whitehead. Shaun was the chief engineer on the Beagle2 project, a British mission to Mars that is the ultimate in remote handling. It is a space laboratory remotely controlled from Earth that will carry out a variety of experiments. Its most ambitious feature is the ability to dig below the Martian surface and test for signs of life.