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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) are developing unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology to fly into the containment vessels of the damaged units at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and assess conditions. During the project, the SwRI-UPenn team demonstrated that the UAS was capable of autonomously navigating in a confined, GPS-denied environment, avoiding obstacles along the flight path, and surviving the radiation levels expected during a mission inside of the units at Fukushima Daiichi.

SwRI Unmanned Systems https://www.swri.org/industries/unman…

UPenn Grasp Laboratory https://www.grasp.upenn.edu/

SwRI Press Release https://www.swri.org/press-release/sw…

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