New snake-like robot to inspect Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 reactor

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Fukushima Daiichi Robot

Engineers from Hitachi-GE revealed the latest robot designed to help engineers understand the conditions inside of the crippled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan where high radiation levels prevent humans from physically accessing the reactor buildings for inspection.

The remote-controlled snake-like robot is only 2 feet long with a lamp at the front, a camera and the ability to measure radiation levels and temperatures.

Engineers hope to use the robot to inspect the Unit 1 reactor in April.  The robot will access the containment vessel through a pipe and descend onto the pedestal underneath the reactor.

Even if the robot is able to be recovered, it cannot be reused, it will require immediate shielded disposal because of the extreme levels of contamination it will collect.

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