Sun Feb 5, 2017 11:53PM
A reactor probe robot PMORPH, with five cameras and a radiation dosimeter developed by Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID), is unveiled at a press preview in Hitachi, Ibaraki prefecture on February 3, 2017. (AFP)
A reactor probe robot PMORPH, with five cameras and a radiation dosimeter developed by Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID), is unveiled at a press preview in Hitachi, Ibaraki prefecture on February 3, 2017. (AFP)

Japan has unveiled a reactor-probing robot that can withstand scorching levels of nuclear radiation.

The robot named PMORPH is equipped with five cameras and a radiation dosimeter that enable it to function while exposed to destructive amounts of radiation.

PMORPH was unveiled during an official press preview in Hitachi, not long after high radiation levels in Fukushima’s nuclear facilities effectively shut down the previously operational robots.

The substitute device was developed in a collaborative project by Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID).

It will be inserted into the damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and operated remotely to examine molten fuel at the reactor’s core.