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‘Hot robots’ may be necessary for future nuclear space missions

The future of deep space exploration might depend upon what some engineers call “hot robotics.” These robots are designed to go places where humans cannot and may someday be called upon to carry out tasks that are far too dangerous for human crews or even other robots.

Hot robots first saw use inside the decommissioned nuclear reactors. The term “hot” refers to the hazardous radioactivity that makes these reactors impractical or too dangerous for humans to enter. That’s where these heavily-shielded robots come in to help with tasks like reactor inspection and waste cleanup. Now, scientists and engineers hope to bring them to new tasks and new places, including space.

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