Fukushima nuclear plant issues call for drone operator help

By Luke Geiver | March 23, 2017

The owner of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is looking for drone-technology and operations partners to continue the decommissioning process of the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan.

In the six years since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the accident, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) has been working with many partners, including Toshiba and Hitachi to develop robots and other technologies suitable for work at the site. The technologies designed to date have been used to explore inside reactor units, check water purification units and other tasks, per TEPCO.

Now, the entity hopes to deploy drones to quickly grasp the condition of equipment and its surrounding environment in designated regions. The company also hopes to establish a system of leveraging drones and man-made satellites to measure damage after any natural disaster that may occur in the future.

Interested parties may submit ideas or drone operations proposals here

Following the nuclear disaster in 2011, Robin Murphy, director of the Texas A&M Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and founder of Robotics Without Borders, traveled to Japan to help deploy sUAVs to assess damage at the site and obtain aerial imagery.

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