Japan Is Using Drones To Chart Radiation Levels Above Fukushima

A MQ-1 Predator drone

Incidents involving heavy radiation leakages are quite difficult to monitor as they pose serious threat and hazard to all personnel who have to come close to it. That’s why robots are perfectly suited for this job.

The Fukushima incident, resulting from a tsunami which followed an earthquake, is considered by nuclear energy experts the most serious since Chernobyl disaster, back in 1986.

In order to gather exact figures of the radiation levels around the nuclear power plant damaged on Mar. 11, 2011, Japan has recently used a twin-tailed UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for the first time.

The little remotely piloted plane is stationed in Naime, about 4 miles from the Fukushima plant. The flights over the plant last about 30 minutes: during each mission, the drone provides real time data about the radiation level to the scientists.

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