How NASA’s Technology Turned Lifesaver in Recent Nepal Disaster

May 9, 2015 / No Comments

Finder Chautara Nepal How NASA’s Technology Turned Lifesaver in Recent Nepal Disaster

There’s no prevention when it comes to natural calamities. That’s exactly why curing the after-effects is a better choice on which technology also plays a role. NASA’s latest technology signifies the distance human race has travelled in that matter.

It’s not long ago since Nepal was rocked by tremors, and the the country is yet to recover. Rescue works have worsened when in cases of earthquake, and it’s in this scenario that NASA’s FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response) has lend its hand to bring back lives of four beings, who were trapped in the rubble.

The prototype devices that were brought in to the calamity-ridden of Chautara were the ones developed jointly by NASA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.

Two prototype models were used, which proved to be helpful in zeroing in on the locations of four people within a range of around 5-foot distance.

NASA’s Finder is capable of detecting heartbeats, even when penetrated through piles of debris of up to 30m thickness. When in the open air, Finder can detect a heartbeat at distances of 100metre from it. The device also helps in identifying and separating animal and human heartbeats. NASA is eyeing commercial set up of these prototypes, which could serve well during similar times for the sake of humanity.

NASA has also publicly demonstrated the Finder prototypes at the Virginia Task Force One Training Facility situated at Lorton, Va.