Due to the radiation released from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, to obtain inside and outside images of the plant have been used remotely controlled robots.
“I’m too dumb to be scared. Smart people know about sieverts and becquerels, so they’ve really got this sense of self-preservation, fear, suspicion. When you think about it, it’s a real plus to be uneducated and ignorant”. Masayuki Sakamoto, contract worker at Fukushima Daiichi. (Source: The Wall Street Journal).
This page contains footages of the Fukushima Daiichi Plant taken with the aid of remotely piloted drones and robots, or endoscopes, cameras mounted on cranes, mechanical arms and probes.
Video shot by unmanned drones
The Honeywell T-Hawk, an 18-pound flying machine, was used to explore the disaster site at Japan’s devastated nuclear power plant
Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, April 28, 2011.
T-Hawk Drone takes video footage of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Units 1, 3 and 4.
The drone Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk is a U.S. military radio-controlled reconnaissance aircraft employed at Fukushima plant between April and June. During a reconnaissance mission in June, an RQ-16 crashed on the roof of the building No. 2.
YouTube, April 16, 2011.
Two Flyovers the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The plant was taken over by a Photo Air Service drone on March 17 and 24.
YouTube, March 24, 2011.
Video shot by robots
On 16 July, the Japanese rescue robot Quince has been used in reconnaissance operations. Developed by the Chiba Institute of Technology, Quince is a cable controlled robot, his cameras have anti mist and it moves easily through the rubble and up the stairs. This allowed to send him in underground buildings, where radio signals do not arrive and the stairs are steep and narrow.
TEPCO, YouTube, July 16 2011.
On April 18, 2011 two PackBot entered into buildings 1, 2 and 3. The 90% humidity in the building No 2 has tarnished the cameras of the robots. Developed by iRobot, PakBot is a radio-controlled US military robot to detect explosives and chemical agents.
NHK World, April 19, 2011.
Shots taken with endoscopes, cameras mounted on cranes, mechanical arms and probes
TEPCO conducted the endoscopy of the Containment Vessel of Reactor 2 to see the inside.
TEPCO, YouTube, January 19, 2012
State of the spent fuel pool of Unit 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Although it has not been specified, probably these shots were made with a camera mounted on a crane.
TEPCO, Flickr, May 8, 2011.
Status of the Spent Fuel Pool of Unit 3 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The pool is destroyed and the MOX fuel rods have disappeared, perhaps carried away by the explosion of March 14.
TEPCO/YouTube, May 8, 2011.
On March 24, the Unit 4 was taken with a camera mounted on a crane.
AFPTV/TEPCO, YouTube, March 24, 2011.
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