The giant ball that could save your life in a catastrophe: The Survival Capsule designed to withstand tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes (providing you're not too claustrophobic!)
- Survival Capsule protects occupants against tsunamis and hurricanes
- The ball-shaped pod can float and has air supply for one hour per person
- Withstands sharp object penetration, heat exposure, and rapid deceleration
- Capsules come in various sizes ranging from two to ten person capacity
It may look like a giant snooker ball, but this spherical capsule could save your life.
When a natural disaster strikes, whether it is a tsunami or earthquake, there are very few places to find shelter.
But now, The Survival Capsule - a personal safety system in the form of a giant ball - has been designed to combat this issue.
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The capsules come in various sizes ranging from two-person capacity (pictured), for family homes, all the way up to a ten-person capacity, which could be used for businesses and schools
The Survival Capsule is a personal safety system (PSS), designed to protect against tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and storm surges.
This capsule, which features two small porthole windows so the occupants can see what is going on around them, was created to give individual groups and families more control of their survival in emergency situation than traditional 'safe houses.'
Julian Sharpe, founder of The Survival Capsule, said: 'It gives [people] an option of having a security system on their own property which is easily accessible day or night and really gives the family a safe security they wouldn't otherwise have.'
The Survival Capsule has a solid, watertight marine door which can be opened from the inside and outside
The Survival Capsule sphere will withstand the initial impact of a natural disaster, as well as sharp object penetration, heat exposure, blunt object impact, and rapid deceleration
The capsule is designed as a 'variable disaster solution', according to the designers.
THE SURVIVAL CAPSULE FEATURES
Standard Features include:
- Safety seating with four-point harness straps
- Storage space (sufficient for five day’s supply per person)
- Water storage
- Basic Internal Light
- GPS (Global Positioning System)
- Air supply tanks
- Solid, watertight marine door (opens from inside and outside)
- Marine standard window
It is designed to float so it will never be inundated by water levels rising too high, as they do in tsunami situations.
A self-righting system, using water bladders in the bottom, prevent it from rolling upside down.
It can also be tethered to prevent it being washed away with the occupants inside.
The designers of the capsule, which is made from a hardened aluminium shell and frame, is insulated to keep the occupants warm.
It is intended to keep those inside safe during the initial post-disaster period before rescue crews and relief workers have arrived on the scene.
The capsule was designed by a team of aerospace engineers, whose main aim was to make the pod as strong and durable as possible.
In its initial testing, the designers used a test programme similar to those used in the aerospace industry to examine the strength and survivability of the capsule.
The capsule was designed by a team of aerospace engineers, whose main aim was to make the pod as strong and durable as possible
The capsule is built using an aluminium frame surrounded by a hardened aluminium shell. It contains a self-righting mechanism to help ensure it stays upright in even the roughest of water
Julian Sharpe said: 'The object of this exercise is to really instill in to the general public a level of confidence that this capsule can offer security in a very hostile environment, which is exactly what the tsunami was.'
The sphere is designed to withstand the initial impact of a natural disaster, as well as sharp object penetration, heat exposure, blunt object impact, and rapid deceleration.
The capsules come in various sizes ranging from two-person capacity, for family homes, all the way up to a ten-person capacity, which could be used for businesses and schools.
Additionally, there are a number of customisable options, including a surround sound music system and toilet.
The concept was first envisioned by Julian Sharpe after the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, which took the lives of approximately 225,000 people
The concept was first envisioned by Julian Sharpe after the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, which took the lives of approximately 225,000 people.
He said: 'Modern day early warning systems can save anywhere up to 90% of a population, but that final 10 per cent are most likely going to perish.
'In a tsunami which is exposing 2.5 million people, then that 10 per cent becomes a quarter of a million, and that's a large number. To get that down to only one or two per cent, this is an option.'
Although the company has not yet said now much one will cost, it is currently taking pre-orders on its website.
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