Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA/JPL’s new FINDER technology intended to aid in finding living victims beneath rubble and debris from disasters.

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate along with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are getting ready to unveil a new radar-based technology that can detect a human heartbeat buried beneath 30 feet of crushed material, 20 feet of solid concrete, or from a distance of 100 feet in open space.  Called “FINDER,” it will be used along with current rescue resources to find living victims in disaster scenarios like earthquakes, tornadoes, or instances like 9/11.  A recent test proved successful and they anticipate a commercial version by spring 2014.