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U.S. Sends Radiation-Resistant Robots to Help Japan

 
 
 
 
 
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According to an article published by Forbes the American government has sent an unknown number of BigDog robots developed by Boston Dynamics to help the Japanese government in their attempt to stop a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant.

“The United States government has dispatched an elite squad of radiation-hardened robots to reinforce overwhelmed emergency working battling the relentless threat of nuclear catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants.

The robots are intended to enhance situational awareness for emergency managers in Japan about conditions inside nuclear reactors that were ravaged by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, according to testimony provided by Dr. Peter Lyons, an acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy with the Department of Energy, during a hearing on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The robots could be sent into areas that would be dangerous for humans to enter because of high radiation levels. Lyons did not say how many robots are being sent, but noted that the Japanese government had requested them.”

The US robot BigDog being demonstrated

The US robot BigDog arrives in Japan, Tokyo. The following video is a joke about the BigDog robot made in Tokyo in 2008, way before the Tsunami and before Japan receiving any BigDogs. Anyway the video is funny and should make anyone laugh.

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