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Japanese Develop UGV for use at Disaster Sites

It was announced in the Japan News that the Japanese Defense Ministry has developed a remote control unmanned vehicle that can be used in search and rescue at disaster sites.  It can remove rubble and was designed based on lessons learned at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant meltdown. It can be controlled via satellite from a command station as far as 20 kilometers away, and will be deployed by the Ground Self-Defense Force as early as 2019. AP photo is of Unit 4 Reactor at Fukushima after a tsunami disabled the reactor in March, 2011.  –Story via David Place, NPS Research Associate. More.