Boston Dynamics SPOT autonomous robot tested for the first time in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone
The research team of the University of Bristol together with the specialists of the State Specialized Enterprise «Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management» (SSE «CERWM») in the Exclusion Zone for the first time tested the autonomous robot Boston Dynamics «SPOT».
Also during the works, unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based robotic systems, sensors-scanners were used to assess the distribution of radioactive materials in the area and in space (gamma spectrometer, lidar, photogrammetry, hyperspectral and neutron sensors).
In particular, radiometric and geophysical works were carried out on the territory of two sectors of the temporary localization of radioactive waste «Red Forest» and on the territories of radioactive waste disposal sites «Pidlisniy» and «Buriakivka».
According to the results of the work, the Pidlisniy and Buriakivka fields are expected to receive images in 3-D format and maps of the distribution of radionuclide activity in this area, as well as images from the Red Forest with areas with high dose rate.
The completed works will allow the State Specialized Enterprise «Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management» to update the maps of the distribution of radiation contamination in the areas where the survey was conducted.