Robotics industry learns from successes and failures at Fukushima

3/16/2017 - By Sharon Gaudin - Tech World

 

Without robots, there would be no safe way to clean up the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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The cleanup and decommissioning of the Fukushima power plant, which is expected to take 30 to 40 years and cost tens of billions of dollars, depends on robots of various sizes and shapes. 

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Endeavor Robotics, formerly the Defense & Security unit at iRobot Corp., began delivering robotic systems to the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, which owns the Fukushima plant, just 19 days after the 2011 accident.

Since then the Massachusetts-based company has delivered 20 robots, including its 65-pound PackBot system, as well as its Kobra robot. Read more...