Fukushima Unit 1 and Unit 3 Buildings Entered by iRobot’s Packbots (Video)

By on Apr 18, 2011 in Asia, Technology, United States Comments
Packbots On Fukushima Unit
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Two Packbots were used by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to assess the situation in Unit 1 and Unit 3 buildings of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Sunday, April 17, 2011, according to reports by several international news sites.

The Fukushima Units has not been entered by workers since the cooling system of the plant failed as tsunami hit the plant due to a March 11, 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan.

The Packbot readings revealed a high radioactive level environment that are hazardous to human workers with about 49 millisieverts per hour inside Unit 1 and up to 57 millisieverts per hour inside Unit 3..

iRobot, a Bedford, Massachusetts company, created Packbot. The U.S.-made robots travels on miniature tank-like treads and can open and close doors.

The robots, accompanied by remote a controlled miniature helicopter, enabled TEPCO to snap images and measure the conditions in and out of the plant.

Below is a YouTube video of iRobot‘s Packbot demo uploaded by petenowak2000.

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