Swimming Robot to Inspect Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

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Fukushima -- A robot named "Little Sunfish" will be sent into the Fukushima nuclear power plant to collect information and inspect the space.

At this point, no machine has ever made it back from the highly contaminated reactors.  Several Japanese investigators have sent robots to inspect the contaminated area before, but the robots have either broken or the mission was cancelled.  In February, a clean-up robot broke after 2 hours of being in the inactive Reactor 2 at the nuclear complex.

The plan for Little Sunfish is for it to swim into the melted reactor, avoid obstacles, and collect information.

In case you've been living under a rock, the nuclear power plant in Fukushima was hit by a tsunami in 2011, resulting in the death of 18,000+ people. 

Goro Yanse, who is the general manager of Toshiba Nuclear Energy Systems said, "Scientists developed 'mini manbo' with the aim of operating in a highly radioactive environment.  We succeeded in developing a small robot with high-level radiation resistance, and through its deployment, we expect to get information that will support the advance of decommissioning." 

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