Emissions, Reactors

PIONEER Robot to Inspect Chernobyl

Issue 1 and Volume 103.

PIONEER Robot to Inspect Chernobyl

RedZone Robotics Inc. is supplying a PIONEER teleoperated, mobile robot to Ukraine to inspect the interior of the destroyed Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl power station. Previous attempts at inserting a robot to collect intelligence inside Chernobyl have failed after minimal exposure to the ultra-hazardous environment. When deployed at Chernobyl in early 1999, the 3-foot long by 3.3-foot high PIONEER robot will have the capability to:

Generate photo-realistic 3-D images of the reactor interior,

Develop radiological maps of the interior to help operators and contractor personnel plan safe stabilization and remediation activities,

Monitor temperature and humidity conditions to keep additional radiation from leaking into the environment,

Move and clear debris to create safe ingress and egress for other machines and workers during remediation activities, and

Collect core samples of structural material to determine the integrity of impacted walls and columns.

Experts estimate that structural stabilization efforts at Chernobyl will cost more than $750 million. To date, some $300 million has been raised by Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. p