An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been used to measure radiation levels around the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan.
The UAV ‘measured radiation levels for about 30 minutes, providing real-time data to scientists,’ according to an article on Fox News Latino.
The article notes that the UAV was developed by the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency and Japanese Space Exploration Agency. More test flights are expected, and the UAV is anticipated to be fully operational by 2015.
The Fukushima plant was severely damaged by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
The full article can be found here.