VIDEO: Robot dog sniffs out radiation in Ukraine’s Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident

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Boston Dynamics four-legged robotic dog named “Spot” explored the area around Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor number four on October 22, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Scientists from the Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management and University of Bristol scientists brought in the four-legged robot dog to map radiation levels in the area.

According to the scientists, equipment to measure radiation levels can be attached to the robot dog’s back which will allow conducting radiation surveys remotely.

The video below shows the yellow robot dog walking around the area under a massive confinement shelter built to cover an aging sarcophagus designed to stop radiation leaking out from the fourth reactor.

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David Megson-Smith, University’s senior post-doctoral researcher, said the experience at Chernobyl in Ukraine will help his team in designing robotic platforms for nuclear industry purposes.

“We came to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to use the robotic platforms for mapping the distribution of radiation, test our robotic platforms and build new networks of people,” David Megson-Smith, University’s senior post-doctoral researcher was quoted as saying in the Ukrinform report.

He added that they had worked in other nuclear plants before, but nothing like the experience at Chernobyl.

The accident on April 26, 1986 that killed dozens of people in then Soviet Ukraine, and forced tens of thousands to flee, was reportedly caused by a botched safety test that sent plumes of nuclear material across much of Europe.

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The use of robot dogs for various purposes are on the increase. In May this year, Singapore deployed Spot, Boston Dynamics’ famous yellow and black canine robot, at one local park to encourage social distancing. Watch the video through this link

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