Honda fields queries such as this from a number of concerned customers. Many on the ASIMO development team are thinking the same thing.
The ASIMO development team meets with President Yoshiharu Yamamoto to discuss the feasibility of adapting ASIMO technology for use at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station. The President swiftly approves the project.
Development project is launched as a joint venture between TEPCO, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Honda R&D, with the three parties vowing to work closely together and pool information during the development process.
After numerous meetings with TEPCO, it is agreed that the primary function of the robot will be opening and closing valves on pipes within the station. The team begins work on the specifications for the robot.
Completion of extensive testing of prototype task-performing robot arm at a TEPCO facility similar to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station.
Successful completion of the prototype is formally announced just three months after commencement of the initial design work.
The development of the original task-performing robot arm for opening and closing valves proceeds briskly, with countless modifications and improvements.
Discussions with TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Stabilization Center reveal a much more important objective: inspection and monitoring of ceilings and other inaccessible locations. It was back to the drawing board for the robot design.
Joint testing is conducted with AIST of the new prototype for over a month inside the nuclear power station, which is not in operation and has a similar design to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Officials from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Stabilization Center inspect the robot during testing at the nuclear power station and declare it suitable for the restoration effort at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Joint testing and operational training based on a range of scenarios is conducted together with the TEPCO engineers chosen to operate the robot at Fukushima.
At 6:30 pm, with the packaging and loading complete, the robot finally departed for the TEPCO Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters, carrying with it the hopes and aspirations of the proud development team. Preparations for the start of the robot’s operation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are now underway.
The High-Access Survey Robot Arm began working inside the reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after innumerable modifications and specifications updates.