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Innovative Mini Drone Technology and Fukushima's Ongoing Cleanup Effort


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InnovativeMiniDroneTechnologyandFukushimasOngoingCleanupEffort.jpg.3af6dbd529e428328a387595b8068048.jpgIt's been almost 13 years since that devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit, causing a meltdown at three reactors. And there's still a ton of dangerously radioactive material inside. TEPCO, the plant's operating company, has struggled to get clear data from inside the reactors due to debris, high radiation, and navigation challenges. Previous robots just couldn't make it through, but these new tiny drones could be the solution they've been looking for.

During a recent demo, this 185-gram drone showed off its moves, avoiding obstacles and even sending live footage back to operators. It's designed to fly in short five-minute intervals, but even that could provide invaluable data. They're planning to send these drones into the No. 1 reactor, a place previous probes couldn't reach, in hopes of gathering new insights into the 2011 meltdown and aiding the long-term cleanup process.

There's a lot to unpack here. For one, it's incredible to see how technology is advancing in such critical areas. But also, the situation at Fukushima is a stark reminder of the challenges in nuclear energy and disaster response. TEPCO is even eyeing a 30-40-year cleanup plan, which some critics say is overly optimistic.

What do you all think about this development? Can these mini drones make a significant impact in understanding and eventually cleaning up Fukushima? And what about the broader implications for nuclear safety and disaster management?

Source: How a drone the size of a bread slice may give Japan a look into the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant | AP News

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