Japan to develop new unmanned drones for monitoring Fukushima radiation

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Japan’s atomic energy authority and space agency announced a joint project to develop a drone to measure radioactivity in the environment after radiation from Fukushima Daiichi Fukushima was scattered over a large area, and spread as far as several hundred kilometers from the power station by wind and rain.

Remote-controlled helicopters have been used but are not suitable for remote and mountainous territory as they have to fly low and the operator has to be able to see the aircraft, but unmanned aircraft could fly at higher altitudes over potentially contaminated areas, resolving the issue.

The plan is to develop a 2.6-metre-long aircraft with a 4.2-metre wingspan.

Source: Yahoo News 

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