Drones Tested in Nevada To Detect Radiation

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV - (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The scorched moonscape of Nevada’s former nuclear test site will be used for drone radiation detection trials, as the US ramps up an emergency response program in case of a Fukushima-like meltdown or attack on its territory.

Two ‘Sandstorm’ drones will be tested at the site for operation in the event of large scale nuclear contamination.

The state-of-the art drones have been bought by National Security Technologies (NSTec), who run the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the infamous Nevada Test Site or ‘Proving Grounds’.

The news brings the purpose of the 1,351 square mile (3,500 sq km) desert test site almost full circle: the US military began above-ground experiments there in the 1950s, using catastrophic nuclear weaponry such as the bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.

In January 1951 the first nuke was dropped on the desert’s Frenchman Flat area, paving the way for an era of hazardous experiments that would expose workers and nearby inhabitants to harmful radiation.

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