Friday, June 16, 2017

Japanese scientists invent sunfish robot that will SWIM to the core of the Fukushima nuclear reactor to investigate radiation levels after scorpion and snake shaped robots failed

  • The marine robot, nicknamed 'little sunfish', is about the size of a loaf of bread
  • It will swim in the Dai-Ichi plant in Fukushima, which was devastated by a tsunami in 2011
  • The technology, co-designed by Toshiba, has now been tested in Tokyo

  • A swimming robot will be sent to investigate the damage at the Fukushima nuclear plant after a series of other probes died in the radiation.
    Since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the Dai-Ichi complex has been blanketed in super-high radiation.   
    Remote-controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process for the plant, but earlier attempts to inspect areas close to the reactors' cores have been halted because of the high levels of danger.
    Japanese developers say they plan to send the probe - nicknamed 'mini manbo', or 'little sunfish' - into the primary containment vessel of Unit 3 at Fukushima in July to study the extent of damage.

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