The article “NASA and Homeland Security Test Radar for Locating Disaster Victims” by NASA is about new technology that will be used to help locate people from debris and wreckage after a disaster. This past Wednesday, September 25th, a new use of radar technology was demonstrated. NASA has created a device known as “FINDER”, or Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, is a portable device with the purpose of assisting disaster response teams in locating disaster victims trapped or lost after events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. This device was tested to locate victims trapped under 30 feet of rubble, and can detect their movement through 20 feet of solid concrete. The scientists at NASA share how this works by sending out microwave signals, then decoding the signal received as the microwaves bounce off of objects in their path. FINDER would help for the disaster and emergency response teams to locate victims easier, “allowing rescue workers to more precisely deploy their limited resources,” as quoted by John Price, manager for a First Responders science and technology group in Washington. The article then goes on to tell how this technology may be seen in the near future, such as to monitor the vital signs of astronauts. In conclusion, this new technology can be expected in the near future to aid First responders in locating disaster victims, or later in the future of space travel and astronomy.
The article “NASA and Homeland Security Test Radar for Locating Disaster Victims” by NASA made me feel hopeful because with this tool, more lives will be saved after large scale disasters occur. After large disasters, such as a hurricane, earthquake, or even a bombing, I believe it is crucial to locate and rescue the trapped people as soon as possible. I think that during that time, dehydration, starvation, or life threatening wounds could cause death to the victim if they remain trapped for too long. I am excited because this device will help to solve the problem of not knowing where to look for victims in an area affected by a disaster. Because of the algorithms used to decode the microwaves used by FINDER, search and rescue teams would know exactly where they need to find the person, making the overall rescue go much smoother and faster. This saved time may make the difference for some victims, who may have been injured in the collapse of a building, or by whatever means they are trapped. I am very optimistic about FINDER because it has been recently demonstrated, showing that the technology does exist now and can be put into use very soon. This device could be seen saving lives very soon in the future, in those valuable seconds after a large scale disaster erupts. I value the importance of this device, because it’s pretty cool that science has come up with ways to start saving the lives of people TODAY. Overall, I think this is a very cool invention, and it gives me a lot of hope for the future of science and humanitarian efforts.