09 Apr '11, 10am

Unmanned #drone to overfly #Japan nuclear plant via @cmswire #drones

TOKYO - TOKYO Electric Power said on Saturday it was planning to send an unmanned drone over the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to help it assess the extent of damage at the stricken plant. The company will use a 'T-Hawk' micro air vehicle developed by US conglomerate Honeywell as early as Sunday to record video images of crippled reactors 1 through 4, a Tepco spokesman said. The drone will be operated by a Honeywell engineer, he said. 'It is like a small helicopter. It will be able to fly over the areas in and above the Fukushima Daiichi plant where we have not been able to see because of the high level of radiation,' he said. Engineers are battling to cool reactors at the plant, which was disabled by the March 11 tsunami that hit northeast Japan, sparking the world's worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl. The T-Hawk, small enough to be carried in a backpack, is equipp...

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