NASA deploys Heartbeat Detecting Technology to Nepal, four people saved

Using its Heartbeat Detecting Technology, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was able to save at least four people under rubbles in the earthquake hit village of Chautara, Nepal.

FINDER device deployed in Nepal
Photo: www.jpl.nasa.gov

The device, called FINDER or "Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response" is about the size of a small backpack. It is powered by a lithium battery.

The machine can penetrate through 20 feet of solid concrete, NASA stated.

FINDER can detect small movements including heartbeats or breathing of trapped victims under wreckages.

The two FINDER machines deployed by NASA to Nepal was instrumental in saving the lives of the four people trapped under the debris brought about by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015.

While no one wants disasters to occur, it is great that tools like FINDER are able to help when "worst nightmares do happen", Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers said.

"The true test of any technology is how well it works in a real-life operational setting", Brothers added.

Sources: RYOT, NASA

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