Friday, April 15, 2011

Remotely controlled equipment in action at Fukushima

This video from IDG News Service highlights some of the roles played by robotic equipment in the analysis and recovery from the disasters at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan.

The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) deployed three camera-equipped, remote-controlled excavators donated by Shimizu and Kajima to clear radioactive debris around the unit 3 reactor. Robots sent to Japan by Qinetiq North America are still being evaluated before deployment to the site.

In addition, Tepco launched a Honeywell T-Hawk micro air vehicle to survey the plant from above, according to a report on CNET.

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