Wonderful Engineering

This Ultimate Survival Capsule Can Save People in Earthquakes, Tsunamis And Hurricanes

As tornados rage in Oklahoma and Kansas states causing damages to property and life, people’s attention has once again returned to the table about possible surviving shelters when such catastrophes strike. This giant snooker-ball shaped survival shelter has been designed to provide a safe place where all of your family can cower while the storm rages outside or there is a risk of one. While many people find this sort of thing novel, I find it useful I must say.

It has bee termed as a Personal Safety System (PSS) that has been designed to last strong Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and different types of storms. The capsule features two small porthole windows so that people can look outside and find out what is going on around them. If the situation has improved, they can finally go out and inspect the area around them. According to Julain Sharpe, the inventor of this capsule, the it gives the people a sense of security knowing they have somewhere to turn to in such a tight situation. Many people don’t have that and are worried sick whenever a situation like this arises.

The capsule can float so the survivors inside can never drown if a big flood hits the area. It employs water bladders to help avoid overturning itself and causing problems for the already stricken individual inside. It consists of a hardened aluminum shell and frame which can keep the occupants warm. It can also sustain a big impact if it supposedly crashes into any hard surface. It can also deal with sharp objects and rapid deceleration.

The capsule was created by a group of aeronautical engineers who realized there was a gap in the market for such a shelter that cab help people remain safe in calamities. The pod underwent tests similar to the ones made in the aerospace industry.  They come in varying sizes depending on the number of people that can be accommodated inside. The sizes range from 2-10 persons and it is a relative squeeze. It can also house a small toilet and a sound system to look forward to while in a precarious condition.

The concept was initially envisioned by Sharpe in 2004 with the deadly tsunami of Indonesia that killed more than 225,000 people and displaced millions more. With climate change causing an increasing number of catastrophes, the demand of these little units could increase exponentially in the coming years!