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Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Jul 8, 2011

Robot Vacuum Warrior Cleans Fukushima Reactor

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the Fukushima plant's operator, said it was improvising a robotic vacuum cleaner to remove radioactive dirt from the reactors.

TEPCO built the system by taking an industrial-grade vacuum and attaching its business end to a Warrior, iRobot's strongest mobile robot.

By remote controlling the bot from a safe distance, workers planned to clean up radioactive debris and sand, which collected on the floor when the tsunami flooded the plant.

Watch the Warrior entering Reactor No. 3 and performing some vacuuming:


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