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Monday, January 30, 2012

New Robot Trial at Fukushima No.1

According to a recent report of Asahi Shimbun a second attempt is planed to send a second Japanese-made Quince rescue robot in the harsh, highly radioactive environment at the crippled Fukushima No 1. nuclear power plant later this month. Eiji Koyanagi, deputy director of the Chiba Institute of Technology's Future Robotics Technology Center, describes this new attempt "as a valuable opportunity to improve the technology."
Quince Rescue Robot

In October 2011 a Quince robot failed to return from an inspection mission inside the No. 2 nuclear reactor building and filming the surrounding area. It suddenly shut down and all communication was lost. Rescue workers were forced to abandon the robot, as the radiation there, at tens of millisieverts per hour, was is too high for them to approach and retrieve the robot.

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