For the first time in history, a drone was able to enter reactor number 5 of the Tchenorbyl nuclear power plant, which was the victim of an explosion in 1986.
Unpublished and historic. For the first time since 1986, the date of the Chernobyl disaster, a drone was able to enter the huge enclosure of the plant in Ukraine. Reactor 5, at the end of construction before the tragedy of that night of April 26, 1986, could be filmed by the device. This drone, manufactured by the Swiss company Flyability, was supposed to report any presence of radioactive waste.
The Swiss manufacturer was able to direct the “Elios 2” inside the plant to detect possible traces of residual uranium. This mission was ordered by the decommissioning team of the Ukrainian plant.
The drone, equipped with a cage to avoid any collision, has been specifically designed to operate in confined places, out of sight of the pilot.
Impossible to access
Since the disaster, access to this area has been impossible for humans “because its entrances are several tens of meters high”, according to the magazine Business Insider. One of the mission managers at the builder’s site admitted that the operation was tricky, given the height of the building, while hailing a successful mission.
“The mission at Chernobyl was stressful, because the wall we had to fly over was 70 meters high, so there was no way to recover the drone if the signal was lost,” said Charles Rey, head of training at Flyability. “But the mission was a success,” he added, “and Chernobyl officials were very happy with the video and images we were able to collect inside Reactor # 5”.