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The U.S. Air Force Global Hawk UAV is scheduled to fly over the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-1 nuclear plant. The unmanned drone will take high definition pictures of the facility and also peak into its insides. Japan, after the recent disaster has been battling a third potential nuclear meltdown.

While dangerous levels of radiation are preventing nuclear workers and emergency responders from preventing the meltdown, the unmanned drones are expected to reveal inside details of the reactor giving scientists and rescue workers more insight into the issue.

The Global Hawk is an autonomous, jet-powered UAV with a sensor package that includes synthetic-aperture radar as well as electro-optical and infrared sensors with telescopic capability for high-resolution imagery.

Japan has already dumped over 30 tons of sea water on reactor number 3 in attempt to cool it down.

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