Autonomous Drone System to Map and Explore Hazardous Disaster Sites (Video)

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On March 11, 2011 Japan was literally rocked by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency that resulted in thousands of lives lost, homes and businesses destroyed, and a crippling of Japan’s critical power generation capacity. It was a wakeup call, clearly showing how unprepared Japan, and other countries that operate nuclear power plants, were when they needed to deal quickly and decisively with a major disaster.


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IEEE Spectrum Automation Blog Publishes Amazing Inside Fukushima Robot Report

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The IEEE Spectrum Automation blog just published a really amazing report that includes photos, videos, and detail blog entries from an anonymous worker responsible for operating robots at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

The original Japanese language blog posts have disappeared from the internet, though remnants still exist online thanks to Google cache. It's not clear what rights the IEEE has to translate and publish the source material, and that isn't likely to become clear in the immediate future.

Nevertheless, it is fascinating reading. There's a lot to be learned from the pages of material about conditions within the reactors, how the robots have performed, ways that they need to be improved to do their job better in the future, and of course the feelings and experiences of the human workers exposed to the extremely hazardous nuclear environment.

If you have any interest at all in rescue or surveillance robotics in real world situations, this is an absolute must read.

(Via Fukushima Robot Operator Writes Tell-All Blog - IEEE Spectrum.)

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