In the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, tests of the SPOT robot, created by Boston Dynamics, have begun. The aim of the project is to search for previously unknown territories with radioactive contamination.
Recall that SPOT is a four-legged robot-dog that can carry hardware modules for various purposes. The machine can climb stairs and travel over rough terrain.
According to Interfax-Ukraine, SPOT tests in Chernobyl are carried out by researchers from the University of Bristol and employees of the State Specialized Enterprise Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management (GSP TsPORO). Along with robotic dogs, unmanned aerial vehicles are used.
To detect areas with radioactive contamination, special systems and sensors are used. These are, in particular, a gamma spectrometer, hyperspectral and neutron sensors.
“Radiometric and geophysical work was carried out on the territory of two sectors of the “Red Forest” temporary containment point for radioactive waste and on the territories of the “Podlesny” and “Buryakovka” radioactive waste disposal sites“, – said in the message of the State Agency of Ukraine for the management of the exclusion zone in the social network Facebook.
We add that one of the largest disasters in the history of nuclear energy – the destruction of the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – occurred on April 26, 1986. As a result, an area of about 100 thousand square kilometers was heavily contaminated, the population of Chernobyl and Pripyat with the nearest villages was evacuated. A video about testing the SPOT robot in the exclusion zone was published on the YouTube channel Chornobyl NPP:
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