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Bubble Locator for airplanes

Organized by: Cornell Hunter

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Seeing the results of the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 which possibly crashed into the ocean, the world realizes there is no significant and efficient method for locating and recovering downed aircraft in the ocean. The Bubble Locator is designed to solve this problem. Aircraft have emergency transponders and a black box unfortunately, these emergency devices go down with the plane to the deep ocean depths making it hard to locate and detect. The Bubble Locator doesn't go down with the plane, it detaches and floats on the ocean surface sending important data for location and recovery.

The device includes a beacon having a housing member that is attached to the exterior of an aircraft. The housing member is automatically detached from the exterior of the aircraft upon emergency water landing, and a beacon is activated.

Aircraft's can become difficult to locate when submerged under water in an emergency water landing . Though aircraft's are equipped with transponders, these transponders are located in the interior of the aircraft. As such, when the aircraft is submerged underwater, transponders are submerged therewith, making it increasingly difficult to locate the transponder. Thus, a device that increases the ease of locating crashed aircraft's is desired.

What We Need

Funding is needed to get this project up and going by hiring engineers and staff to design and test the Bubble Locator in order to bring it to the industry. The goal is to make the Bubble Locator as standard as the black box on aircraft.

The Impact
Millions of dollars and countless man hours have been used to find airplanes crashed in the oceans, some eventually found (after a long time), and others never found. Imagine Malaysia flight 370 being equipped with the Bubble Locator, how much time, effort, and millions of dollars that could have been saved.


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