The famous robot dog Spot from the American Boston Dynamics recently inspected the exclusion zone in Chernobyl. About it told The state agency for the management of the exclusion zone on its Facebook page.
Researchers at the University of Bristol, together with specialists from the State Specialized Enterprise “Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management” (GSP “TsPPRV”), used a robot to assess the level of radioactive contamination in some areas. In particular, Spot carried out radiometric and geophysical work on the territory of the “Red Forest” radioactive waste disposal site, as well as in the Podlesny and Buryakovka radioactive waste disposal sites.
During the work, other high-tech equipment was also used – unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based robotic systems, as well as scanners for assessing the distribution of radioactive materials over an area and in space (gamma spectrometer, lidar, photogrammetry, hyperspectral and neutron sensors).
The resulting 3D images and data will be used to update maps of the distribution of radiation contamination in the relevant areas.