Gallery: Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi C...


Robots venture where humans fear to tread. The ASTACO-SoRa developed by Hitachi is destined to roll into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant next year to clean up radioactive and toxic rubble. The wirelessly-controlled machine is able to lift heavy loads of up to 150kg and, and at 98cm across with its arms tucked, it can work its way through tight spaces. Weighing 2.5 tons, the robot operates for 15 hours powered by a diesel engine.

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