by Maan Pamintuan / via Japan Daily Press / January 27, 2014 /
A drone manufactured to measure radiation levels has been developed by the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese Space Exploration Agency. It is operated using a remote control and unlike manned aircrafts, it has the option to fly lower, with a minimum of 300 meters in altitude.
As the earthquake and tsunami hit area of Fukushima killed 15,000 people and 3,000 more missing, it also affected the nearby nuclear power plant, causing a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, that is reportedly more damaging than Chernobyl. With nuclear levels running higher than the acceptable limit for human exposure, the decommissioning process at the plant has been running into delays. The drone was launched to fly around the Fukushima plant and measure radiation levels, taking off around six kilometers away from the damaged power plant in Namie City. While flying for thirty minutes, it was able to collect radiation levels in real-time and went back to the scientists for analysis of data.