VxWorks: Helping Clean Up Radioactive Waste

By Bill Graham

Graham_lg Our customer, Groupe INTRA (Intervention Robotique sur Accident) in
France has developed robotic vehicles for the remote analysis and clean
up of radioactive sites. Groupe INTRA is chartered to respond to a
nuclear accident within 24hrs for its member organizations. This is a
very cool and interesting application of robotics and real-time control
to protect operators from deadly radiation.

First there is ERASE (
External Reconnaissance, Assistance and Surveillance Robot) designed for
rough terrain to analyze and transmit details of the accident site back
to operators. ERASE and can be controlled form up to 10km away from the
site.

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