mitsubishi robot Mitsubishi builds radiation resistant robot

Mitsubishi has become the latest company to develop a robot that can resist toxic radiation levels, making it useful for cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

Mitsubishi has become the latest company to develop a robot that can resist toxic radiation levels, making it useful for cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

 
Given the dangerous conditions inside the plant, officials are already employing robots, primarily to record the radiation levels inside. Hitachi and Toshiba have also developed robots for use in Fukushima, but Mitsubishi claims that no other company has developed anything for the kind of work its robot is capable of.
 
The robots currently inside the plant were built for other purposes, such as searching mines, giving Mitsubishi's purpose-built robot an edge over the competition. 
 
mitsubishi robot Mitsubishi builds radiation resistant robot
 
The device is called MEISTeR, short for Maintenance Equipment Integrated System of Telecontrol Robot, and it is made of specially hardened material to withstand radiation. It is 1.3 metres tall and has two arms, each of which can hold up to 15kg.
 
Robots are generally not seen as intelligent enough to be truly effective in disaster zones, where human improvisation comes in useful, but with Fukushima still remaining dangerous for people Mitsubishi's invention looks like the next best thing available.
 
Source: BBC
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