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April 18, 2011 / Martijn

Robots enter Fukushima reactor building

A pair of remote controlled robots entered a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Sunday morning for the first time.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power is hoping the iRobot Packbots will be able to provide data on the current condition inside the buildings, parts of which contain high levels of radioactivity and are hazardous for workers to enter.

The robots entered the plant’s number 3 reactor building and were due to take radiation and temperature readings. They are equipped with video cameras that can provide a live feed to operators.

via Robots enter Fukushima reactor building for first time – Tokyo Electric Power Co., robotics, iRobot – CIO.

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