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The French Nuke-Bot Arsenal
Photo courtesy INTRA
EOLE and EROS, two of the French robots designed to respond in the event of a nuclear accident, have manipulator arms and move on caterpillar threads. Both can climb stairs, open and close doors, and operate switches and valves.
France is heavily reliant on nuclear energy, but unlike Japan, it has a fleet of robots that stand ready to tackle accidents.
By Tim Hornyak

Like Japan, France is heavily reliant on nuclear energy (read main story). But unlike Japan, it has a fleet of robots that stand ready to tackle accidents at the country’s 59 nuclear plants.

The Group of Robotics Intervention on Accidents (INTRA) is part of a consortium consisting of Electricity of France (EDF), French Atomic Energy Company (CEA), and AREVA, a nuclear power conglomerate. INTRA’s mission is to maintain a fleet of robots ready at all times to respond to an emergency anywhere in France in less than 24 hours.

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