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Telepresence Robots Used to Survey Fukushima Power Plant

April 19, 2011 | Howard Lichtman
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One of the two iRobot Packbots that has been sent in to the Fukushima Plant. (Courtesy Tepco via Forbes)

The Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that two Packbots, military grade robots manufactured by the company iRobot, have been sent to survey and monitor radiation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The robots have surveyed the plant in Units 1, 2, and 3. Radiation has been detected in all three units with readings as high as 57 millisieverts per hour (the legal maximum exposure for a nuclear plant worker is no more than 250 millisieverts  in an entire year.

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iRobot's Packbot machines have already been operating inside the Fukushima nuclear plant. Like the Talon, Packbot is able to take atmospheric samples, including radiation levels. (Photo Credit: BBC)

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Packbot is able to carry out delicate operations, such as adjusting equipment inside the plant. The technology has been used extensively in war zones for a range of tasks, including bomb disposal. (Photo Credit: BBC)

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